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 a mother is mentally unwell, extra support is essential to help with her recovery. 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 Central

Auckland District Health Board, Maternal Mental Health

Building 14
Ground Floor
Greenlane Clinical Centre

Psychiatrists, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, nurses, and mothercraft nurses

  • Must have a permanent address within the ADHB area.
  • Must be more than 13 weeks pregnant or up to 12 months post-natal.
  • Must have mental health issues related to perinatal period, or have an episode of mental illness related to perinatal period, or are currently clients of CMHCs requiring specialist consultation.
  • Pre-pregnancy consultations are offered for women with existing mental illness or identified to be at high risk of such.

Assessment, range of treatments offered. Outpatient only (no inpatient beds)

  • Referrals received from GP’s, Obstetricians, Hospital Doctor.
  • May be accepted from Plunket Nurse’s as long as the client’s GP is aware of referral.
  • Triage via phone contact with client
  • Usually a 4-6 week wait list

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

Bay of Plenty

Maternal Mental Health Service – Bay of Plenty District Health Board

Maternal Mental Health Service
Community mental Health
Bay of Plenty District Health Board
Private Bag
Tauranga

Registered psychiatric nurses

  • 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 12mths after their baby is born.
  • MMH also offers consultation for clients in the existing mental health service. (We do not automatically take over the care of existing mental health clients; we 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 District Health Board

Maternal Mental health is a specialist community service provided within adult mental health services of Counties Manukau District Health Board. These services are provided via four geographically based Community Mental Health Centre’s in South Auckland.

Awhinatia Health CMHC 5-19 Great South Road, Papakura
p. 09 2951200

Manukau CMHC 17 Lambie Drive, Manukau City, Auckland
p. 09 2613700

The Cottage CMHC 24 Station Rd, Otahuhu, Auckland
p. 09 2709090

Te Rawhiti CMHC 15 Aberfeldy Road, Highland Park, Auckland
p. 09 5380700

Multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals including: Psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, nurses

The primary aim of the MMH function is to ensure that specific expertise is provided to women who are either pregnant or up to 12 months post partum and are experiencing a moderate to severe mental health problem, where the mental health problem adversely impacts upon their pregnancy or abilities to fulfill the roles and responsibilities associated with motherhood. This is done through the provision of consultation liaison services to other primary or secondary health services or the provisions of direct face to face assessment and treatment services. Entry and exit criteria are the same as for people referred to CMDHB adult mental health services.
Assessment and range of treatments offered. All outpatient based no inpatient facility.

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 Depression Support Network Nelson Inc

50 Halifax Street, Nelson.
p. (03) 5483555
e. postnataldepression@clear.net.nz

This is a registered non profit society, that was started in 1989 by a group of women that had experienced PND who realised that there was no support service in the area.
Support workers are mainly last year counsellers from the NMIT. A therapy group is planned.

Family Start Nelson

16 Paruparu Road, Nelson
P.O. BOX 759
Nelson

p. (03) 545 8931
e. mail@familystartnelson.co.nz

  • Supporting families and children who live in the Nelson, Waimea, Motueka and Tapawera Areas so that children have the best possible start in life.
  • Family Start is a home based visiting programme that focuses on improving children’s growth, health, learning and relationships, family circumstances, environment, and safety.
  • Family Start helps families and whanau who are struggling with challenges or problems that make it harder for them to care for their baby or young child.
  • For a referral, priority is given to families who are pregnant or have a child under one year of age. In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to families with a child up to two years of age.

PND Marlborough Charitable Trust

Rozanna McDonald
p.(03) 572 8663

Jordie Kotze:
p. 027 326 6070
e. pndmarlborough@hotmail.com

  • 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

Northland Health – Mental Health Service

PO Box 742
Whangarei

p. 09 430 4101 Extn: 3501

Multidisciplinary teams of mental health professionals; psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, social workers, nurses.

  • Community mental health and maternal mental health liaison, assessment, treatment and monitoring
  • 24-hour crisis service
  • Self, general practitioner; Crisis Service – anyone can refer

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)

  • 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
  • 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.

Otago and Southland

Southland District Health Board

PO Box 1921
Dunedin

p. 03 474 0999

Supporting Families Central Otago & Wakatipu

p. 0800 724496
w. www.sfcentral.org.nz
Supporting the family/whanau of people with mental illness

Palmerston North

Maternal Mental Health Specialist Service – Mid-Central Region

Mid Central Health DHB has a consult liaison maternal mental health clinician that is currently a full time position. The role affords support and consultation to all areas of health both in the secondary and primary sectors including both ante and post natal woman and their families/supports.

e. Sue.duff@midcentralhealthdhb.govt.nz
p. 06 3508373 ext 7640

Rotorua

Postnatal Therapy Service Ltd (NGO contracted to Lakes District Health Board)

Postnatal Therapy Service Ltd
PO Box 12069
Rotorua

p. 0274 326 117

  • Psychologist, counsellor, volunteer crèche staff
  • Contracted to the Lakes District Health Board to provide specialist assessment and group therapy for women experiencing postnatal depression. Rotorua area only.
  • Psychological assessment, conducted in woman’s home; “Mother Matters” 8 week group therapy programme (CBT focus) – incorporates session for partners and one mother-baby interaction session;
  • discharge planning meetings. Consultation to other community agencies and health providers
  • Referrals received from Well Child Providers (Plunket and Tipu Ora); GPs; CMHC

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.

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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