Worried about your mental health wellness during your pregnancy or after your baby is born? If you are in crisis, call the Klinic 24-hour Crisis Line (204-786-8686, Toll free 1-888-322-3019, TTY 204-784-4097) or the WHRA mobile crisis unit at 204-940-1781.
- The Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba has an excellent, comprehensive website, PPDManitoba.ca. Here you will find an guide to getting help for postpartum depression in Manitoba, a list of Winnipeg-based and rural postpartum depression support groups, and many, many more resources.
- The Manitoba Mood Disorders Association runs a Postpartum Warmline at 204-391-5983. “We are here to listen and offer support and guidance to mothers and their families when they need it most.”
- There is a postpartum depression support group through the Mood Disorders Association that meets bi-monthly in downtown Winnipeg. See their Support Group page and click on the Group Meeting Schedule link for current dates/times.
- WHRA offers “individual short-term Integrative Therapy for women experiencing depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Psychotherapy is also offered for depression secondary to miscarriage or termination of a pregnancy, or due to loss related to still birth or neonatal death. Referrals are accepted during pregnancy up to the 6-months postpartum timeframe”
- Women’s Health Clinic Mothers Program runs workshops and programs that are helpful for all parents adjusting to life with a baby.
- Low-cost and free counselling services are available at the Birth Centre. Call 204-947-1517 to find out more.
More local resources:
- An article on postpartum depression from WAVE, the WRHA’s magazine: http://www.wrha.mb.ca/wave/2013/09/postpartum-depression.php
Perinatal Mental Health Quick Reference for Health Care Providers [discusses baby blues/postpartum blues, postpartum depression, postpartum psychosis, and postpartum anxiety]
Other online resources:
Katherine Stone’s blog, Postpartum Progress, is “the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth, including: postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, depression during pregnancy (antenatal depression), post-adoption depression, postpartum PTSD, depression after miscarriage or perinatal loss and postpartum psychosis. We focus on positive messages of empowerment and recovery, because PPD is temporary and treatable with professional help.”