A TEAM of healthcare workers in North Wales are to walk 165 miles in May for a charity supporting those affected by an illness which can begin following childbirth.

Members of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s North Wales Perinatal Mental Health Service are to complete the challenge in aid of the organisation “Action on Postpartum Psychosis”.

Postpartum psychosis is a severe mental illness which can begin suddenly after giving birth.

Symptoms can include hallucinations and delusions, often with mania, depression or confusion.


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The length that the team will walk in May, 165 miles, represents the distance from Wales’ only mother and baby unit, in Swansea, to its base in North Wales.

Their challenge will coincide with Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, which will take place from May 2-8.

It is believed that one in four women experience mental health problems during the perinatal period.

The perinatal mental health team support women and their families in this period who experience moderate to severe mental health problems.

A target of £500 has been set, with the team currently more than halfway to reaching it.

You can pledge a donation yourself by visiting: www.justgiving.com/page/perinatalteambcuhb.