Perinatal Wellbeing provides counselling for new and expecting mums who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or other perinatal mental health issues. The word ‘perinatal’ relates to the period of time before and after women give birth.
The program offers up to 12 appointments with a mental health clinician at no cost. In exceptional circumstances, an extra 6 appointments are available after a review by your GP/doctor and mental health clinician.
Referral into the program is via a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP, see link at bottom) completed by your GP/ doctor. Alternatively a community referral can be completed by a:
- Maternal or Child Health Nurse
A community referral will provide access to an initial appointment, after which program staff can assist you to attain a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your GP/doctor.
The Perinatal Wellbeing Program offers group therapy in addition to individual appointments.
The group program is called ‘Wellbeing and Parenting’ and aims to address issues presented by postnatal depression and anxiety. Wellbeing and Parenting focuses on enhancing a woman’s ability to function by improving coping skills and normalising expectations. The group runs for 6 weeks and is held twice a year, or as required.