Norfolk mother welcomes government investment in mental health services for women before and after they give birth

Naomi Farrow, 31, of Holt, with twin daughters Erin and Tess, both 1.

Naomi Farrow, 31, of Holt, with twin daughters Erin and Tess, both 1. - Credit: Archant

A cash boost for perinatal services has been welcomed a Norfolk mother-of-three.

Naomi Farrow, of Holt, said hailed the 'fantastic news' that Prime Minister David Cameron today announced £290m of funding by 2020 towards mental health services aimed at women before and after giving birth.

She set up a support group for mothers coping with depression after her own experiences with mental ill health following the birth of her twin daughters left her disappointed with services offered.

'I think this is something which has been needed for a long time and hopefully it will make a big difference.

'Now we have to make sure the money is spent in the right areas, hopefully some of it will be coming to Norfolk.

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'I hope the money goes towards setting up a specialist perinatal support team in Norfolk.

'We also need psychiatrists working in hospitals to spot early signs of mums developing depression.'

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Mr Cameron also announced £247m over the next five years so that every hospital has mental health services in its A&E, and waiting time targets for people with eating disorders and people who have experienced psychosis.

But Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk and the former care minister, said Mr Cameron's plans fell well short of the ambitions set out by his party and the Conservatives in 2014.

Meanwhile Norfolk disability charity Equal Lives has voiced its support to a march organised by Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk on Saturday.

The event has been organised to highlight the 'crisis in mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk' according to the campaigners.

Jonathan Moore, chairman of Equal Lives, said: 'As somebody who has been touched by mental health issues in a small way I know it would have been a lot worse had it not been for local services.'

The protest will assemble on the steps of Norwich City Hall at 11am and will march round the city centre.

A minute of silence will be held near Castle Mall where several suicides have been committed in recent years.

There will be a rally with speakers before and after the protest.

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