Researchers investigating the mental health and well being of pregnant women and new mothers in North Yorkshire are asking people who have experienced anxiety, depression or other mental health issues to contact them. The County council is working with researchers from Newcastle and Durham universities as well as partners in NHS trusts to explore women's needs and experiences living in rural communities during pregnancy and early motherhood.

The findings will help in the design of future public health and health care. Women could be approached to take part in a survey as part of the research when they have their 20 week scan or by their health visitor at 34 weeks or six weeks after having their babies.

Researchers are also keen to hear from anyone who has experienced either diagnosed or undiagnosed issues, and who may have views about how services can best be designed. To contact email northyorksmmh@newcastle.ac.uk or call 0191-208-3807.

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