Client: Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA)

Building on previous work, we’ve continued our evaluation of the second phase of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Everyone’s Business campaign.

Wendy Sugarman writing on chart at table of people

WSA Community Consultants is leading a partnership to undertake 
the external evaluation for phase two of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Everyone’s Business campaign. This builds on our previous work with Gillian Granville Associates on the evaluation of the first phase of this campaign (see the Everyone’s Business Evaluation Report).

The Everyone’s Business campaign calls for all women throughout the UK who experience a perinatal mental illness to receive the care they and their families need, wherever and whenever they need it. It recognises that 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby, and the effect if this is untreated or unrecognised.

It also works around the postcode lottery and has maps showing progress following funding pledged in England and Wales; but there is still patchy provision of specialist services, so there remains more work to do to campaign for full parity.

During 2018 our work has included undertaking fieldwork and producing an interim report which brings together the learning so far and highlights key changes. The following quote from the interim evaluation report shows clearly the attribution given to the Campaign by stakeholders:

“I’ve no doubt that one of the reasons that this has become a priority for investment is because of the lobbying, the campaigning and the evidence base. That’s been an essential and helpful part of the work that the Alliance has done, but now, excitingly, that’s really getting turned into service delivery.” – National stakeholder

We have also facilitated workshops in all four nations to share the findings of the interim report. We’re continuing to work with the campaign team to understand the next steps for the campaign and key areas of focus that will support the campaign moving forward across all four nations.

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