Finding the right help for you…
Call 000 if you are at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else. Don’t wait and seek help RIGHT NOW.
Help within hours
- Pregnancy Birth & Baby: 1800 882 436 (free call), pregnancybirthbaby.org.au
from pregnancy to preschool, guidance and reassurance every step of the way. You can receive confidential advice and support from Child Health Nurses and Counsellors 7am to midnight, seven days a week.
- PANDA’S National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline:
1300 726 306
PANDA is Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia and its services include a Helpline open 9am-7.30pm AEST/AEDT Monday to Friday.
- ForWhen: 1300 24 23 22
9.00am and 4.30pm, Monday – Friday
For When is a national support line that connects you to the right service that can help you understand what you’re feeling and provide the guidance and support you need at the right time.
Help within days
If you are not at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else, you can obtain support or guidance from your GP or Child Health Nurse.
Your GP can assess your physical and mental health, discuss and offer treatment options, and refer you to an appropriate service as needed.
Community Child Health Nurses work in partnership with families to provide ongoing support and information. They are specially trained in child and family health to ensure that the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of the baby, mother and family is nurtured. Your Child Health Nurse can assist with the adjustment to parenting, and link you with the right support, such as counsellors, social workers or Community Mental Health.
Please visit our services page to gain an understanding of the services available to you in the South West region.
Help on the recovery journey
Well done on taking the first and most difficult step in asking for help. It is important now that you feel listened to and nurtured during your recovery.
An understanding and compassionate health professional can provide a great source of support throughout your recovery. This may be your GP, Midwife, Child Health Nurse, Psychologist, Counsellor, Social Worker, or another health professional that you trust.
Recovery from perinatal depression or anxiety may involve more than one approach, including medication (those that are approved for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding), counselling, social support, speaking with others who have been through a similar experience, and lifestyle strategies such as gentle exercise, rest and a healthy diet.