Support services

Parents who get the support and help that they need with parenting are more relaxed and better able to look after their children. If the mother or father is mentally unwell, extra support is essential to help with their recovery, and we encourage anyone to seek advice from a GP, Midwife, or Plunket nurse in the first instance.  Support from family/whânau, extended family, friends and other parents may not always be possible or be enough for some families. Extra community support may be needed.

Auckland

Auckland DHB, Maternal Mental Health

Aronui Ora, Maternal Mental Health, Auckland District Health Board

Building 15
Ground Floor
Greenlane Clinical Centre
214 Greenlane West
Epsom
Auckland 1051

Clinical Co-ordinator: Monica Genet

Lead Clinician: Dr. Chandni Prakash

Clinical Team Leader: Clarke Millar

Hours:
Aronui Ora operates between the hours of 0800-1630 Monday to Friday. For urgent matters after hours, please call the Urgent Response Service on 0800 800 717

Aronui Ora (Cloak of wellbeing) was formerly named the Maternal Mental Health Service. This symbol represents the fine weaving of whānau and other supports for total wellbeing during pregnancy and the first year of an infant’s life.

Aronui Ora is a specialist adult mental health service.  The multi-disciplinary team is made up of mental health professionals from the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, social work, occupational therapy and nursing.  There are team members with specialist knowledge in the area of infant care and attachment (promoting a secure parent and infant relationship).  The service provides antenatal (before birth) and postnatal (after birth) support in community, clinic and hospital settings.  Beyond assessment, we offer a wide range of individual, group and family therapies and other targeted supports.

The service is voluntary, and requires the informed consent of the person being referred.  Compulsory assessment and treatment may occur in accordance with the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992.

As a teaching and learning environment, your informed consent to may be requested to permit the presence of a student – this is a request that can be declined.

Once a referral is accepted, an appointment for an assessment is made.  There can be a waiting period between referral acceptance and assessment.  All clients are allocated a keyworker and psychiatrist.  A keyworker is a registered mental health professional that coordinates care, and depending on their specialty, provides support and other therapeutic interventions.  It is standard practice for the person, and their general practitioner, to receive a post-assessment summary of the assessment with mutually agreed plan.

THE POSTNATAL DISTRESS CENTRE
SUSAN GOLDSTIVER

Registered Psychotherapist
B.A (Education) University of Auckland
Grad Dip Psychosocial Studies, AUT
Masters of Health Science (Psychotherapy, Hons) AUT

Level 2, 300 Great South Rd, Greenlane Auckland
PO Box 17489, Greenlane, 1546
Phone: 09 8464978 or 021 333021

Web:   www.postnataldistress.co.nz
Email: susangoldstiver@gmail.com

Susan is passionate about and specialises in postnatal distress, which includes treatment and support with: antenatal and postnatal depression, antenatal and postnatal anxiety, panic attacks and OCD, post-traumatic stress after childbirth (birth trauma), attachment and bonding difficulties, and any struggle to adjust to parenthood for new mums and dads, including couples counselling.

Mothers Helpers

Provide support to mothers experiencing ante-natal and postnatal anxiety and depression, also offer PND Recovery courses and follow-up counselling in 12 areas across the North Island as well as online.  These are delivered by qualified counsellors, social workers, life coaches or mental health nurses.

Phone:  0800 002 717  or  022 093 1822
Email:
info@mothershelpers.co.nz
Web:
http://www.mothershelpers.co.nz

PND Recovery Course – Mothers Helpers provides a 10 week Perinatal Depression/Anxiety Recovery Course.  All mums who have completed the course can go on to have therapy with your facilitator – a registered/qualified counsellor, social worker, life coach or mental health nurse. click here for more info about the course

West Auckland (Te Atatu): October 2017 – spaces available now for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Mary Williams – Life Coach

West Auckland (Glen Eden): Spaces available now for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Camilla Widgery, Psychotherapist

South Auckland & Papakura: spaces available now for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Hadiyyeh Zohoori-Dossa

Central Auckland: Spaces available now for individual and next group starts January 2018
Course facilitator: Stacey Randell, Social Worker

Central Auckland : Spaces available now for individual one-on-one work, next group held in Feb 2018
Course facilitator: Nicola Hahn, Counsellor

East Auckland (Glen Innes): Spaces available now for individual work.  Next group starts Feb 2018 (both offered free of charge).  Ph (09) 570 6250 Email: anne@gifc.org.nz
Course facilitator: Anne Purcell, Counsellor

North Shore: Spaces available now for individual and group work
Course facilitator: Jasmin Shea, Counsellor

Rodney : spaces available for individual & group work in Jan 2018
Course facilitator: Bridget Farmiloe

Well Women Franklin

Well Women Franklin provides a free Peer Support Group to women and their families who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing Ante Natal and/or Post Natal Distress.  They also assist women who are affected by other mental health disorders that are worsened during pregnancy and motherhood, including anxiety disorders and PTSD.

This is a free group for women in the Franklin area.

PO Box 972
Pukekohe, 2340
Telephone: 021 1588 134
Email: info@wellwomenfranklin.org.nz

Homebuilders Family Services

5 Hexham Street
Warkworth
Open 9am-12 noon Monday-Friday

Phone: 09 425 7048
Fax: 09 425 7049
Email: homebuildersfs@clear.net.nz

Dr Sarah Bell-Booth

BA (Hons), DClinPsych
Clinical Psychologist
Milford, North Shore, Auckland 0620
Mobile: 0221655092
• Face-to-face or Skype
• Individual or mini-groups
• Antenatal, postnatal and parents with older children
• Reduced rates for increased access and affordability

 

Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty DHB – Maternal Mental Health

Tauranga Hospital
829 Cameron Road
Tauranga South
Tauranga
Bay Of Plenty 3112

Specialist service that provides services for women living in the BOP area who develop moderate to severe mental health problems during their pregnancy and for up to 12 months after their baby is born. Women who have a previous history of severe mental illness and are planning to become pregnant., and current clients of CMH requiring specialist consultation who become pregnant

MMH also offers consultation for clients in the existing mental health service. (Do not automatically take over the care of existing mental health clients; work alongside the existing case managers).

Crisis team still provide care for urgent situations and we also access mobile intensive nursing team for support if clients are very unwell.

Assessment and range of treatments offered

Referrals are received from midwives, Plunket, GP’s, and other mental health and hospital staff. (Paediatricians, obstetricians etc).

Initially all referrals are processed via the CMH intake co-ordinator.

These are triaged, and if appropriate it goes to the multidisciplinary team meeting, and if accepted, the MMH worker will do an initial assessment to determine follow up required.

Canterbury

Mothers and Babies Service

The Princess Margaret Hospital
Private Bag 731
Christchurch

p. 03 337 7708

Inpatient and outpatient service for mothers with a moderate to severe degree of mental or suspected mental illness.

Referral acceptance in second trimester for baby up to12 months of age.  Follow up to infant 12- 15 months of age.

Plunket Postnatal Adjustment Programme

PO Box 13-403
Christchurch

p. 03 365 1646
e. maria.vanderplas@plunket.org.nz

Assessment, liaison and education regarding postnatal depression.

Mothers Supporting Mothers

Chris: 03 312 9787
Frances: 03 327 3454
Gabrielle: 027 306 9407

Support group for mothers of babies and young children, run by professionals on Friday mornings, in the Rangiora Plunket Rooms, Rangiora, plus Friday afternoons at the Kaiapoi Plunket Rooms, Kaiapoi.

PND Canterbury Support Group

Sonya Watson
w. http://pndcanterbury.co.nz/
p. 021 131 4352
e. supportgroup@pndcanterbury.co.nz

Community support groups run by the PND Family/Whanau NZ Trust for mothers and primary caregivers suffering from PND and associated anxiety disorders.

Counties Manukau

Counties Manukau Health Maternal Mental Health Service

7 Springs Road
East Tamaki
Auckland

Hours
Monday to Friday: 8am – 5pm
If you need urgent help outside these hours please ring 0800 775 222

 

 

 

 

Mothers Helpers

Provide support to mothers experiencing ante-natal and postnatal anxiety and depression, throughout the wider Auckland region.
Also offer a Perinatal Depression Recovery Course and a 10 week online course.

Phone:  0800 002 717  or  022 093 1822
Email:
info@mothershelpers.co.nz
Web:
http://www.mothershelpers.co.nz

Nelson and bays

Post Natal Support Network Nelson Inc

319 Hardy Street, Nelson.
p. (03) 5483555
e. postnataldepression@clear.net.nz
www.pndnelson.org.nz

The network was started in 1989 by a group of women who had experienced Postnatal Depression and recognised the lack of support available in their community.
It has since grown into a professional service that provides information and offers support through trained and experienced volunteer Support Workers and qualified Counsellors.  The service covers the area from Nelson to Motueka, and provide telephone and/or email support for those in rural surrounding areas.

Family Start Nelson (He Matapuna Ora Charitable Trust)

73 Quarantine Road
PO Box 2541, Stoke
Nelson

p. (03) 547 0940
e. mail@familystartnelson.co.nz

Family Start is an intensive early intervention home visitation programme for families with young children aged 0 – 12 months at the time of referral, who are at risk of poor life outcomes. The programme targets the highest-need families and provides practical advice, support and parenting education to ensure that their children have the best possible start in life. The programme scope enables support to families from before the baby is born until the child begins school.

Family Start aims to:

  • improve health, education and social outcomes for children
  • improve parents’ parenting capability and practice
  • improve children and parents’ personal and family circumstances.

Family Start providers in this region are Tai Poutini Whānau Po Kiteata Trust based in Buller and He Matapuna Ora Trust based in Nelson.

PND Marlborough Charitable Trust

Tatiana Ceban
p.(03) 579 5443
m. 027 901 9807
e. pndmarlborough@gmail.com
www.pndmarlborough.com

Room 20, Marlborough Community Centre
25 Alfred Street, Blenheim
Marlborough 7201 NZ

  • Based in Blenheim, the trust runs a weekly therapy group and Stepping Stones, a peer support group for mothers experiencing Perinatal Distress.
  • Childcare is provided for the therapy group and it is facilitated by a registered family counsellor.
  • Women can attend both or one at a time.
  • We also provide information, education, and can advocate for mothers.

Northland

Mothers Helpers

Provide support to mothers experiencing ante-natal and postnatal anxiety and depression, also offer PND Recovery courses and follow-up counselling in 12 areas across the North Island as well as online.  These are delivered by qualified counsellors, social workers, life coaches or mental health nurses.

Phone:  0800 002 717  or  022 093 1822
Email: info@mothershelpers.co.nz
Web: www.mothershelpers.co.nz

PND Recovery Course  – click here for more info

Mothers Helpers provides a 10 week Perinatal Depression/Anxiety Recovery Course.  All mums who have completed the course can go on to have therapy with your facilitator – a registered/qualified counsellor, social worker, life coach or mental health nurse.

Whangarei :spaces available now for individual and group work (offered free of charge) Ph (09) 437 6729 Email: Chrissie.Browne@fwn.org.nz
Course facilitator: Chrissie Browne, Social Worker

Kaitaia & Far North: Spaces available now for individual and next group March 2018 (both free of charge)  Ph 021-839-567 Email: Jacqueline.Parker-Harrison@northlanddhb.org.nz
Course facilitator: Jacqueline Parker-Harrison, Registered (Mental Health) Nurse

Northland DHB Mental Health

Urgent Referrals – Crisis Service Contact Numbers
If there is someone in imminent danger call the police on 111
Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm:
Whangarei: ph (09) 430 4101 ext 3537
Kaipara District: ph (09) 439 3330 ext 6701
Far North District: ph (09) 408 0010 ext 4720/4749
Mid North District: ph (09) 430 4101 ext 5871
Weekends and after hours:
Ph 0800 223 371

The Postnatal Psychosis Support Group

p. 027 248 1958
e. sburwood@ihug.co.nz

The support group is for women, partners & families who have suffered Post Natal Psychosis. We offer one-on-one support, telephone support, brochures & educational presentations.

Trauma and Birth Stress (TABS)

w. www.tabs.org.nz

TABS (Trauma and Birth Stress) is a charitable trust that serves as a support group of mothers – “mothers supporting mothers”. We formed TABS because of the need to make Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) known as a form of mental illness that can happen after childbirth. We raise awareness of PTSD by: making presentations to professional and lobby groups involved in maternity services; supplying information to the media; publishing a regular newsletter and distributing a pamphlet about PTSD. We also run study days on a regular basis – please refer to our website for scheduled dates.

 

North Shore

Maternal Mental Health Team – Waitemata District Health Board

Maternal Mental Health
124a Shakespeare Road
Takapuna
Auckland

p. 09 488 4634
f. 09 486 8999 (Main Base)

Child Health Unit
Waitakere Hospital (Outreach Office)

  • Maternal Mental Health is a small, specialist tertiary mental health team providing a service to women who are pregnant or have a baby under 12 months of age, who have developed a severe mental health illness related to the experience of pregnancy, childbirth and/or the adjustment to motherhood.
  • Referrals are directed in the first instance to the woman’s local community mental health team for triage/assessment.
  • Maternal Mental Health accepts referrals from other secondary mental health services including community mental health teams, psychiatric liaison services, psychiatrists in private practice and other maternal mental health teams.
  • Pregnant women who have bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia or a past history of psychosis, who are currently well can be referred directly to the team . A plan will be developed in conjunction with the woman aimed at supporting their well being  during the period of birth and the postpartum period
  • A phone consultation service is provided to GPs. The Maternal Mental Health specialist doctors can advise on medications used during pregnancy, in particular with  those women who are in their first trimester and with women who are breastfeeding.

    A pre-conception assessment is offered to women with severe mental illness (e.g. bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia) who are planning to have a baby.

    Maternal Mental Health provides this service to all women of childbearing age who live in the Waitemata District Health Board area.

Dr Sarah Bell-Booth

BA (Hons), DClinPsych
Clinical Psychologist
Milford, North Shore, Auckland 0620
Mobile: 0221655092
• Face-to-face or Skype
• Individual or mini-groups
• Antenatal, postnatal and parents with older children
• Reduced rates for increased access and affordability

Otago and Southland

 

Southern DHB – Maternal Mental Health Service

Dunedin Hospital

Freephone: 0800 443 366 or (03) 470 9429

The Southland Maternal Mental Health Team provides a free service to the Southland district. This service is available to all women who have a known or suspected mental health disorder, during pregnancy and for one year following birth.The service provides quality care for women who may be experiencing difficulties relating to mental health (baby and family/whanau), throughout her antenatal, birth, and postnatal experience, which promotes respect, dignity and acceptance within the community and promotes optimum mental health for mother.

Pregnancy Counselling Services – Dunedin

Counsellors providing counselling services for Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Adoption & Abortion

p: 0800 773 462

Text: 021 289 8727

Website: www.pcs.org.nz

Dunedin Mums PND Group

Support group run by mums for mums. Held at the Hub, Oxford Street, South Dunedin, fortnightly from 5th November.
12.15 – 2.15 pm, Mum Babies and toddlers welcome,

We also have an online support for those who want support but not in a group environment.

e: dunedinmumspnd@gmail.com

Pregnancy Help Inc.

To provide free and client focused practical assistance, information and advice during pregnancy and early childhood.

p: 03 455 5892

e: otago@pregnancyhelp.org.nz

Address: Ground Floor South City Mall, South Dunedin. (Just opposite Antidote the chemist inside the mall).

Office Hours: 9.30 -2.30pm Monday, Tuesday & Thursday and Wednesday 10.30 – 3.30pm (appointment times are also available outside of this on request).

Otago Mental Health Support Trust

Otago Mental Health Support Trust provides peer support, advocacy and information for people affected by mental distress, whatever the cause.  Our service is free, confidential, independent and needs no referral.

p: Toll free on 0800 364462 or 03 477 2598

e: info@omhst.org.nz

w: www.omhst.org.nz

a:  3rd Floor, Queens Building
109 Princes Street PO Box 5021
Dunedin 9058

Supporting Families Central Otago & Lower South Island

Supporting the family/whanau of people with mental illness
w. www.supportingfamilies.org.nz

ABLE Dunedin
34 Prince Albert Road
PO Box 4003, St Kilda,
Dunedin 9046
Tel:  03 455 5973,
Fax: 03 455 0035
Email: admin@sfotago.org.nz
www.supportingfamiliesotago.org.nz

ABLE Waitaki
2 Trent Street
Oamaru
Private Bag 50059
Oamaru 9444
Ph: 03 434 1130
Email: sfwaitakiinc@xtra.co.nz

ABLE Central Lakes
28 Ashworth Street
Alexandra
PO Box 356
Alexandra 9340
Email: admin@sfcentral.org.nz
Ph: 03 448 9303
Fax: 03 488 9026

ABLE Southland
Southland Community House
46 Kelvin Street
Invercargill
PO Box 475 Invercargill 9840
Email: sfsld@xtra.co.nz
Ph: 03 218 2100
Fax: 03 218 2104
www.sfsouthland.org.nz

 

Palmerston North

MidCentral Health – Maternal & Perinatal Mental Health

Perinatal Mental Health is a service for expectant mothers or those up to one year following birth who are experiencing difficulties with mental health and/or addictions issues. The objective of the service is to provide specialist perinatal mental health assessment, treatment, care and support in conjunction with other providers to meet the needs of the mother and her infant in the context of her family and whanau and or other natural supports.

  • Advice and clinical support
  • Consultation
  • Clinical peer supervision
  • Education both to internal and external agencies of MidCentral Health
  • Works in collaboration with women and their families/whanau and others to support the womans return to optimum well being.
  • Liaises and consults with Capital and Coast Regional Maternal Mental Health Services
  • Completes perinatal mental health screening assessments as required
  • Uses the Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale Assessment Tool  (EPDS)
  • Supports the facilitation of pre-birth plan

Perinatal Mental Health will see women who have anxiety, post natal psychosis or women with post traumatic symptoms associated with pregnancy or birth trauma and women in the antenatal period.

Referrals are accepted via self referral, GP or community agencies.

Referrals are treated on a case by case basis.  All referrals must have relevant clinical information and to assist with triaging the completion of an Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale Assessment would be of assistance.  (A copy of the Edinburgh Post Natal Depression Scale Assessment can be obtained from the Perinatal Mental Health team.)

Ruahine House
Gate 12, Ruahine St
Palmerston North Hospital
Palmerston North 4442

e. Karen.Whiterod@midcentraldhb.govt.nz
p. 06 3508184 ext 9680
w. www.midcentraldhb.govt.nz

Rotorua

Flourishing Families

Click here for detailed brochure
PO Box 12069
Rotorua 3045
www.flourishingfamilies.net
Facebook: Flourishing Families Rotorua

For more information contact: Tina Berryman-Kamp
Ph/text: 027 4326 117
email: tinabk.ff@gmail.com
Fax: 07 347 7970
(In emergency ph 0800 166167 – 24hr Crisis Assessment Team)

 

Taranaki

Maternal Mental Health – Taranaki District Health Board

Community Mental Health
Taranaki District Health Board
Private Bag 2016
New Plymouth

p. 06 753 6139 Extn: 8545

  • Psychiatrist, psychologist and support staff
  • Women who are experiencing severe mental illness related to pregnancy or post natal period up to one year.  Women who have had previous severe PND/psychosis/anxiety/ PTSD.
  • Consult/Liaison for existing MH clients with regard to medication during pregnancy/postnatal period.
  • Assessment; social work; psychiatry; individual psychotherapy (psychology).
  • Group Work (run a 12 week psycho/education CBT focussed group); education, training and support for local health professionals
  • Triaged by Intake Co coordinator for Community Mental Health. Initial assessment completed in consultation with MMH team and discussed at weekly MDT. Allocated to team member as agreed upon in meeting.
  • Referrals accepted from GPs, Obstetricians, Midwives, and Well Child providers (as long as GP is aware and involved in care).

Timaru and South Canterbury

Timaru Psychiatric Service

Kensington Centre
Private Bag 911
Timaru

  • Inpatient Team, Community Team, CAPS Team, A&OD Team
  • Moderate to severe mental illness
  • Relies on team members with interest in mothers and babies to maintain links with the South Island regional Team based in Christchurch
  • Postnatal Adjustment Programme

Timaru Plunket Family Centre

e. 03 6844 159

Assessment, liaison and education regarding postnatal depression

Waikato

Early Intervention Maternal Mental Health Service – Waikato District Health Board

Early Intervention Maternal Mental Health Service
Waikato District Health Board
9 Ohaupo Road
Hamilton

p. 07 834 9346
f. 07 838 0431

  • Mental health nurses and social worker
  • Early detection, identification and intervention of emotional and psychosocial difficulties in the perinatal period up to two years.
  • Also see women who had a traumatic birth and those who have lost a baby.
  • Also provide a consultation liaison role and assistance to colleagues in AMHS for clients with a serious mental health disorder that become pregnant.
  • Assessment, liaison and some treatment
  • Referrals mainly come from midwives and Plunket nurses, then GPs and other health professionals.
  • Referrals do not come directly to our service through a one point of entry. They are triaged by the Service Coordinator and put through via an allocation meeting.

Hauora Waikato Maori Mental Health Services

PO Box 1283
Hamilton 3240

p. 07 839 9916
f. 07 839 9917

A kaupapa Maori organisation which provides mental health services to all in the community. Services include sub-acute rehabilitation and education, early intervention for first time psychosis, child and adolescent services.

Pregnancy Counselling Services

Phone: 07 838 3076
Email: pcsnao@gmail.com
PO Box 938 Hamilton 3240

Mothers Helpers

Provide support to mothers experiencing ante-natal and postnatal anxiety and depression.  Also offer a Perinatal Depression Recovery Course and a 10 week online course.

Phone:  0800 002 717  or  022 093 1822
Email:
info@mothershelpers.co.nz
Web:
http://www.mothershelpers.co.nz

Maternal Health Counselling

Counselling and support for women and their family prior, during and post pregnancy, including grief and loss.
Confidential service available in your home or at the Raglan Plunket rooms.  Click here to view the flyer with more information

Veita Harding B.Couns
0211103423

veita@icloud.com

 

Waitemata

Maternal Mental Health Team – Waitemata District Health Board

124a Shakespeare Road
Takapuna
Auckland

p. 09 488 4634
f. 09 486 8999 (Main Base)

Child Health Unit

Waitakere Hospital (Outreach Office)

  • Multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals including: Psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, occupational therapists, nurses
  • Referrals are accepted of women living in the DHB catchment area, with a serious mental health illness that is related to the experience of pregnancy, childbirth and/or the postnatal adjustment who are in the second trimester of pregnancy or have a baby under the age of one year
  • A pre pregnancy consultation is available for women with a history of serious mental illness eg, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder who are planning to become pregnant.
  • Referrals of a preventive nature are accepted of pregnant women who are mentally well but have a history of psychosis or of a perinatal mental illness of a severity that mental health service input was required to achieve stability.

Types of Service:

  • Assessment and range of treatments. All outpatient based – no inpatient facilities.
  • Maternal Mental Health accepts referrals from other mental health service providers, eg Community Mental Health Team, Psych Liaison, other DHB Maternal Mental Health Teams. Any other referrals are directed to the woman’s local Community Mental Health Team for triage and assessment.
  • Maternal Mental Health, operating as a Tertiary Mental Health Specialist Service provider is able to support colleagues working in primary and secondary health services by providing consultation/liaison and to assist those women whose perinatal mental health needs cannot be met by other services in the region.

Mothers Helpers

Provide support to mothers experiencing ante-natal and postnatal anxiety and depression, throughout the wider Auckland region.
Also offer a Perinatal Depression Recovery Course and a 10 week online course.

Phone:  0800 002 717  or  022 093 1822
Email:
info@mothershelpers.co.nz
Web:
http://www.mothershelpers.co.nz

Wanganui

Maternal Mental Health Service – Good health Wanganui

Community Mental Health Service
Wanganui Base Hospital
Private Bag 3003
Wanganui

  • 1.0 FTE specialist maternal mental health clinician, who works with a multidisciplinary team.
  • A community-based service which includes assessment and treatment.
  • Referrals are accepted from primary practitioners, midwives, obstetricians, maternity staff, mental health services and in some cases Plunket.

Wellington

Specialist Maternal Mental Health Service, Capital Coast District Health Board

Specialist Maternal Mental Health
21 Hania Street
Mt Victoria
Wellington

p. 04 801 2960
f. 04 801 2969

Multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals including: Psychiatrist, clinical psychologist,      psychiatric nurses, occupational therapist, infant psychotherapist, social worker.

Service Focus:

  • To provide a regional specialist perinatal mental health service to women in the Wellington and Central regions, via direct care in the community, and consultation/liaison and education/training for other health providers involved in their care.

Services provided to all the region:

  • Consultation/liaison and specialist advice: to Regional DHBs, and health providers,
  • Telephone and video conferencing
  • Regional education/training.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­To Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti, and Hutt Valley – in addition to the above.

Specialist clinical input/advice for:

  • Women with a moderate-severe mood or psychotic disorder, living in the greater Wellington region
  • Women with a history of same planning pregnancy
  • Specialist assessment (NB. we do not provide a same-day acute assessment service for first presentations)
  • Treatment planning – outlining options and available resources, and developing individualised plans for ante and post-natal mental health, including strategies to manage maternal tasks and roles.
  • Treatment delivery – may include care management/co-ordination; facilitating access to community resources; psychopharmacological advice and prescription; psycho-education related to maternal issues (e.g. birth trauma, mother – infant relationship difficulties).

Referral Process:

  • Referrals are accepted from mental health professionals, Lead Maternity Carers (i.e. GPs and midwives), and other relevant health service providers e.g. from the Womens Hospital, Neonates.

Referral criteria for direct clinical input:

  • Women who are pregnant, or up to nine months postnatal at point of referral, with an associated moderate-severe mood or psychotic disorder
  • Women with enduring mental illness requiring specialist consultation or advice related to pregnancy)
  • Exclusions: Women with a primary diagnosis of: anxiety disorder, personality disorder; physical/sensory disorder; intellectual disability; or drug and alcohol dependence/abuse.

Post & Ante Natal Distress Support Group

PO Box 9362 Marion Square, Wellington 6141

p. 04 472 3135
e.
pnd.wellington@gmail.com

This support group has been in operation for 20 years and has excellent resources with a Support Guide available, see www.pnd.org.nz

  • Offer courses and groups for mothers and fathers.
  • Has an excellent list of all local supports in the region

West Coast

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