Perinatal Mental Health Resources

Need Help Right Now?

For immediate help contact

PANDA on 1300 726 306

The PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety and Depression helpline is open

Mon-Fri 9.00am to 7.30pm AEST

OR

Call Lifeline on 13 11 14

Helpline is open 24 hours / day

Both PANDA and Lifeline can help with immediate support.


Perinatal Mental Health Services in Brisbane

 

Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness

In Geebung, Springwood & Morayfield

A safe space for parents and families.
Building a village of support by promoting a positive culture around emotional well-being and parenthood.

What They Do:

  • Groups - options for mothers, fathers and caregivers

  • The Sunshine Parenting Program - a 6-week program for mothers experiencing, or at risk of developing, postnatal mental health challenges.

  • Education - a range of education programs for parents and caregivers within the community.

  • Activities - from Baby Song Time, to Yoga & Mindfulness, to Mummy Choir… Their activities are developed to improve connections while having fun!

  • Community - an informative and powerful lived-experience perspective on perinatal mental health and insight into building a Peer Workforce

  • Regular Personal Development & Parenting Workshops


Ready to COPE: Free Online Program for Expecting and New Mums

By The Centre of Perinatal Excellence

Ready to COPE is a free fortnightly email for expecting and new mums that provides simple, trustworthy and timely information to build and maintain better mental and emotional health during this special, but often vulnerable, time of life.

Topics cover a broad range of issues that women often say they wish they were more prepared for including body image, changing friendships and relationships, managing advice and expectations for birth and motherhood, mummy guilt, ante/postnatal depression and anxiety, stress, self-care and many more.

 

FREE National Helpline for Perinatal Depression & Anxiety

PANDA - PERINATAL ANXIETY & DEPRESSION AUSTRALIA

PANDA supports women, men and families across Australia affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood. PANDA operates Australia’s only National Helpline for individuals and their families to recover from perinatal anxiety and depression, a serious illness that affects up to one in five expecting or new mums and one in ten expecting or new dads.

1300 726 306


Gidget Foundation Australia

Need Video Counselling?

Gidget Foundation Australia offers a free video counselling service for new and expecting mums and dads who are experiencing perinatal depression and/or anxiety and are unable to have a face to face consultation.

Up to 10 free* video counselling sessions are available to parents through the Start Talking program.

You will need a referral and a mental health care plan from your GP to use the service.

Download their Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about the Start Talking Program.

For more information, or to book an appointment, send their supportive staff an email on starttalking@gidgetfoundation.org.au or call them on 1300 851 758.


Factsheets

 

Books

 

How To Heal A Bad Birth

By Melissa Bruijn & Debby Gould of Birthtalk.org

Do people keep saying ‘you should be grateful’?

Often women are told to ‘just get over it’, or ‘healthy mother, healthy baby... that’s all that matters.’ We know it’s not that simple, and that your emotional health matters too.

This book offers ideas and tools to:

• explore & process the emotional impact of your birth

• strengthen your relationship with your partner

• reconnect with your child

• deal with feelings such as failure, guilt, sadness, or anger 

• begin to plan for a better birth next time

The book is peppered with honest and heartfelt insights from women and men supported by Birthtalk.org™ over the years, as they share their experiences in their own healing journeys.

Join the hundreds of women who have used these tools to make sense, make peace, and move on from a bad birth. 


The Fourth Trimester

A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality

by Kimberly Ann Johnson

This holistic guide offers practical advice to support women through postpartum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels—and provides women with a roadmap to this very important transition that can last from a few months to a few years. 

Kimberly Ann Johnson draws from her vast professional experience as a doula, postpartum consultant, yoga teacher, body worker, and women’s health care advocate, and from the healing traditions of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and herbalism—as well as her own personal experience—to cover:

•   how you can prepare your body for birth

•   how you can organise yourself and your household for the best possible transition to motherhood

•   simple practices and home remedies to facilitate healing and restore energy

•   how to strengthen relationships and aid the return to sex

•   learning to exercise safely postpartum

•   carrying your baby with comfort

•   exploring the complex and often conflicting emotions that arise postpartum and much more