Help is on hand for new mums suffering severe mental illness following the birth of their child.

A partnership between Cumbria Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) and national charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis is creating an invaluable peer support service.

The Beadnell Mother and Baby Unit in Morpeth, which is run by CNTW, has contracted APP to deliver this much-needed support across north Cumbria and the north east.

The unit exists to support women experiencing severe mental illness in pregnancy and following birth, with specialist support to treat conditions such as severe postnatal depression and postpartum psychosis.

It also provides specialist mother and baby classes, activities such as parent and child swimming and baby massage classes and overnight facilities for partners - with the aim of keeping families together.