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Women and Newborn Health Service

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Emotional Health for Parents

Help and Support

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PANDA Helpline (Post and Antenatal Depression Association)
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1300 726 306
(9.30am - 4.30pm Eastern Standard Time, Mon – Fri)
Mental Health Emergency Response Line
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1300 555 788 (metro)
1800 676 822 (rural)
(24 hours, 7 days a week)
Rural Link (mental health phone service for rural communities)
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1800 552 002
(24 hours, 7 days a week)
Parenting Line (information and advice for parents)
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6279 1200 (metro)
1800 654 432 (rural)
(24 hours, 7 days a week)

Professional help

If you have (or are expecting) a new baby and feel like you’re struggling emotionally, it is very important to ask for professional help – the sooner, the better.

Health professionals you can go to for help:

  • General practitioner (GP)
  • Child health nurse
  • Midwife
  • Obstetrician
  • Private practitioner such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or counsellor

To find a mental health professional:

Tips for Getting Professional Help

Self help

Information for Mums – Ways to Support Yourself

Books

  • Baby Love: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby’s First Year, Robin Barker
  • So You’re Going To Be A Dad, Peter Downey
  • The Working Mother’s Survival Guide, Melissa Doyle and Jo Scard
  • Postnatal Depression: A practical guide for Australian families, Lisa Fettling
  • How to Stay Sane in Your Baby’s First Year – the Tresillian Guide, Cathrine Fowler and Patricia Gornall
  • Your Social Baby Lynne Murry
  • The Post-Baby Conversation, Alison Osborne
  • Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Needs and Feelings after Childbirth. A Support and Resource Guide, Sally Placksin
  • Understanding Your Moods When You’re Expecting: Emotions, Mental Health, and Happiness - Before,
  • During, and After Pregnancy, Lucy Puryear
  • First Time Parents, Miriam Stoppard
  • Feelings After Birth, Heather Welford

If you have trouble finding these books in your local bookstore or library, contact the Women and Newborn Health Library. All the above titles are available for loan to the general public of Western Australia.
Phone: (08) 6458 1100
Email: kemh.hl@health.wa.gov.au

Information booklets and pamphlets

For all parents

  • Postnatal Anxiety Stress & Depression (download pdf, 686kb)
  • Where to Find Help (pocket directory)*
  • Welcome to Your New Baby*
  • Emotional Health during Pregnancy and Early Parenthood booklet (Available to order or download from beyondblue)
  • Write from the Heart (Available to order or download from www.sheforpnd.com.au)
  • Support for Mum when Dad works away (Available to download from the Department for Communities)
  • For Me and My Baby (Available from COPMI)
  • Piecing the Puzzle Together: Raising Young People When Mental Illness is Part of Your Life (Available from COPMI)

For Dads

  • 24hr Cotside Assistance Booklet (available from Centacare Bendigo)
  • Men's Advisory Network publications
  • Men and Separation: Navigating the Future (Available to order or download from www.beyondblue.org.au – click on the "Get information tab")
  • The beyondblue Guide for Carers - Supporting and Caring for a Person with Depression, Anxiety and/or a Related Disorder (Available to order or download from www.beyondblue.org.au – click on the "Get information tab")

For parents of multiples

  • Emotional Health During Pregnancy and Early Parenthood: An Information Booklet for Parents of Multiple Birth Children (Available to order or download from www.beyondblue.org.au – click on the “Get information tab”)

For Aboriginal parents

  • Mum’s Guide: Social and emotional wellbeing when you have a new baby (download pdf, 236kb)
  • Dad’s Guide: Social and emotional wellbeing when you have a new baby (download pdf, 228kb)

Resources marked with * are available to order from the Online Publication Ordering System or by calling 1300 518 963.

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DVDs and videos

For all parents
More than the Blues: Understanding Postnatal Depression
Raising Children
Getting to Know You
Postnatal Depression (watch now)
Ways you can Help Yourself (watch now)

For Dads
Being Dad
Being Dad 2: Bringing the baby home
Hello Dad

For Aboriginal parents
Boodjarri Business: Yarning about feelings after baby (for Aboriginal families) (watch now)

For Sudanese parents
You Are Not Alone: Emotional Health for Mothers (in Dinka) (watch now)

For Ethiopian parents
You Are Not Alone: Emotional Health for Mothers (in Amharic) (watch now)

All the above DVD or video titles are available for loan to the general public of Western Australia from the Women and Newborn Health Library.
Phone: (08) 6458 1100

Email: kemh.hl@health.wa.gov.au

Podcasts

Reducing the risk factors for perinatal depression (Professor Anne Buist, Austin Health)

Professor Buist discusses the risk factors and treatment for a range of perinatal mental health issues- not just PND. She also speaks about the importance of attachment and mother-baby interaction to promote positive long-term outcomes.

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Websites

Emotional and mental health during pregnancy and beyond

General mental health

  • Act Belong Commit
  • Beacon
    Provides consumers and professionals with information about e-health online applications for mental health and physical health disorders. Websites throughout the world are reviewed and ranked by a panel of health researchers Consumers are invited to submit rankings and comments. Participation is free and anonymous.
  • beyondblue
  • Black Dog Institute
  • BlueBoard
    Online support group for people affected by depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorder. It aims to destigmatise mental disorders, and to provide support, hope and opportunities for sufferers and carers to share successful coping strategies. The group is moderated by consumers with clinician support and strict protocols to enhance safety. Participation is free and anonymous.
  • BluePages
    Comprehensive, evidence-based information about depression and its treatment (including medical, psychological and alternative therapies). BluePages also includes interactive depression and anxiety quizzes, descriptions of the experience and symptoms of depression, a relaxation download, and extensive resources for help. Participation is free and anonymous. 
  • Centre for Clinical Interventions
  • e-couch
    e-hub’s latest interactive self-help program includes modules for social anxiety, generalised anxiety and depression. It provides self-help training drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and exercise. Participation is free and anonymous.  Modules for panic disorder, bereavement and relationship breakdown will be deployed in 2010.
  • MoodGYM
    A popular interactive program that teaches cognitive-behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression. MoodGYM has been extensively researched and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in randomised controlled trials. Participation is free and anonymous.
  • WA Mental Health
  • Youth Link
  • ARAFMI Mental Health Carers & Friends Association
  • Multicultural Mental Health Australia

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