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Welcome to the website of The Joanne Bingley Memorial Foundation.

The Foundation was set up by Chris Bingley after his wife committed suicide in April 2010, whilst being treated at home by a Mental Health Crisis Team for suffering from severe postnatal depression.

We are a charity which aims to help women and their families by raising awareness and providing Help and Information about postnatal depression.

The Patients Association performed an independent investigation into the commissioning of Perinatal Mental Health Services across 150 PCTs to identify whether Joe’s case was an isolated incidence or an example of a far wider problem.

What they discovered was appalling:

  • 78% of PCTs do not know the incidence of PND in their region
  • 55% of PCTS are failing to follow NICE guidance and do not provide any written information on PND to mothers who may be suffering
  • 44% of PCTs are failing to implement NICE guidance and are not part of a clinical network for perinatal mental health
  • Only 37% of PCTs have a lead in PND services that is a Specialist Perinatal Psychiatrist as required by the NHS National Service Framework
  • 20% of PCTs do not review adherence to NICE guidelines despite Directors of NHS trusts having legal responsibility to ensure risk management frameworks are robust and defensible and national policies that mandate a requirement to monitor adherence

The facts are that service provision for women with postnatal depression can be poor, to non-existent in some areas of the UK.

Appalled by the fact that many of the issues raised by Joe’s treatment were not unique to her case Chris and the foundation support the call for a sustained improvement across the whole perinatal mental health pathway.

What will help women and their families in this situation is getting the right information and support to see them through their illness.

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