If you have found your way to this website and are in need of help for yourself or a loved one, here is a list of resources.
If you are afraid or planning to harm yourself, your baby or others, you need to call your healthcare provider, dial 911 (emergency services) or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If you are in crisis, someone is available to talk with you now. Please know you are not alone in this. An understanding person is waiting to hear from you and help you.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
Available 24 hours a day: 1-800-273-8255 OR 1-800-273-TALK
NATIONAL HOPELINE NETWORK
BABY SAFE HAVEN: DO NOT ABANDON YOUR NEWBORN
AMT Children of Hope Safe Haven Program
If you are pregnant and afraid to tell anyone or if you do not know what to do with your newborn baby, call for help or take your baby to any hospital emergency room. Your secret and baby will be safe. The police will not be called. You will not have to answer any questions. Confidential help and support are available to you.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION
Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline
DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE
DBSA offers information on depression and bipolar disorder as well as listings to patient support groups across the USA.
THE MARCÉ SOCIETY FOR PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH
Dedicated to supporting research and assistance surrounding prenatal & postpartum mental health for mothers, fathers and their babies.
MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA
Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.
NAMI: NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS – MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest nonprofit, grassroots mental health education, advocacy and support organization.
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)
The largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses.
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL (PSI)
The non profit organization providing resources with extensive social support network throughout the United States and worldwide. Multi-lingual information for healthcare providers and the public. Free weekly educational telephone group sessions, on-line support and support for dads and military families also available.
WARMLINE: 800-944-4PPD (800-944-4773)
INTENSIVE PERINATAL PSYCH TREATMENT IN THE U.S.
Pasadena CA, Huntington Memorial Hospital Maternal Wellness Program (Outpatient) – opening May 2015
HRSA AND US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES’ SITE ON PERINATAL DEPRESSION.
Download or order free booklet Depression During and After Pregnancy: A Resource for Women, Their Families and Friends (English and Spanish)
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS
Clinical mental health counselors provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy that combines traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach to create a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution. Here a few links to help you locate one in your area.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SUICIDOLOGY
AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.”
BRING CHANGE 2 MIND
Working together to erase the stigma of mental illness. Bring Change 2 Mind is a national anti-stigma campaign founded by Glenn Close, The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain House, and Garen & Shari Staglin of the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), aimed at removing misconceptions about mental illness. The idea was born out of a partnership between Glenn Close and Fountain House, where Glenn volunteered in order to learn more about mental illness, which both her sister, Jessie Close, and nephew, Calen Pick, live with. www.bringchange2mind.org
CITIZENS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a nonprofit mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. www.cchr.org
U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Protecting the public health by assuring that foods are safe, wholesome, sanitary and properly labeled; human and veterinary drugs, and vaccines and other biological products and medical devices intended for human use are safe and effective. www.fda.org
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS IN THE US, CANADA, UK, SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
ONLINE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION SUPPORT RESOURCES
2013 Resource Guide from Mental Health America
A short video describing the symptoms of postpartum psychosis from 5min Life Videopedia
An article in H News, Canada’s health-care newspaper
APP is a network of women across the UK and further afield who have experienced PP. It is a collaborative project run by women who have experienced PP and academic experts from Birmingham and Cardiff Universities.
Preview a 13-minute video produced by Postpartum Support International. Available through www.postpartum.net. Helps reassure and educate new mothers, family and helpers. The poignant stories in the video are complemented by up-to-date information from three experts in the field.
Offering an understanding of postpartum psychosis, this riveting book explains what happens and why during this temporary and dangerous disorder that develops for some women rapidly after childbirth.
News Report from BBC
A MOTHER'S CLIMB OUT OF DARKNESS
A Story about Overcoming Postpartum Psychosis
DARK SIDE OF THE FULL MOON
A full feature documentary about what happens when mental health meets motherhood.