When you join a support group, you form friendships with other moms in your situation, you get to learn from them, and you learn how to advocate for yourself. After attending several sessions, you will realize that the best postpartum depression experts are often the ones who live with in daily. In this article, we have a list of some local support groups and organizations that you can turn to for help.
Table of Contents
- 1. Postpartum Support International (PSI)
- 2. PPD Support HI
- 3. Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois
- 4. Tuscon Postpartum Depression Coalition (TPDC)
- 5. Pro-Science Peer Support
- 6. Project Healthy Moms Initiatives
- 7. Postpartum Support Alaska
- 8. The Mother-Child Institute
- 9. Tree of Hope Postpartum Research and Education Foundation
- 10. Sacred Circle of Northeast Kansas
- 11. Luna Counselling Center
- 12. Wings for Wellness
PSI tops our list as it has volunteers and coordinators worldwide. It is present in all the US states and more than 40 other countries globally. The organization was founded in 1987 by Jane Honikman in California. Currently, the headquarters are located in Portland Oregon. PSI is dedicated to helping mothers cope with emotional changes after childbirth and to adapt to the role of parenthood effectively. Some of the services provided by PSI include
Online Support Meetings which are held every week. All you need is a personal computer, tablet or smartphone. Visit http://www.postpartum.net/psi-online-support-meetings/ to register for the meetings.
Free phone chats facilitated by mental health professionals. For this service, you neither need to register nor provide your name. The providers give resources on general information about postnatal mood disorders. The chat number is 1-800-944-8766.
Informative DVDs and newsletters with updated information on current researches, practices, conferences, and postpartum depression-related events.
This is a community volunteer organization based in Hawaii. It was founded in 2004 by Diane Ashton. It provides phone support every day from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. They also have a peer support group that meets every Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information on the location of the meetings, call 392-7985.
Postpartum Depression Alliance of Illinois supports pregnant women and new moms through email and phone support, workshops, and postpartum depression e-books. Their volunteers are moms who have experienced PPD and other birth-related mood disorders. To register for email support, visit http://www.ppdil.org/contact-us-support/ and for phone support call 847 205-4455.
TPDC is a non-charitable organization that among other services, supports moms with pregnancy or postnatal depression and anxiety. The coalition has four support groups, provides phone support services and has put together compelling DVDs (Dark Side of the Full Moon and When the Bough Breaks) that raise awareness of perinatal mood disorders. For more details on support groups, check http://tucsonpostpartum.com/services/.
Pro-Science Peer Support is a Facebook-based peer group that was created by Alicia Butler. It is a closed group that requires admission by an admin. Currently, it has slightly over four thousand active members. It is not a therapy group but rather a social group for people who have had PPD, anxiety or other mood disorders. The group only encourages discussions that have are evidence-based. If you would like to join, remember to adhere to the group rules and regulations.
This project is under the Mental Health America of Georgia’s mission to promote and improve psychological health. The initiative has a Perinatal Support Network that enrolls low-income mothers who are at high risk of PPD. They offer telephone-based support in a six-month program for supporting, encouraging and giving informational resources to these mothers. They also have an open online support group at https://www.inspire.com/groups/mental-health-america/ where you can start a discussion at any time from anywhere.
Postpartum Support Alaska peer support group operates under the umbrella of Providence Health and Services Alaska. It is a group of mums adjusting to pregnancy and the postnatal period. Mums meet at the Maternity Education Center, 3400 Health Drive, Entrance 5 on Mondays 11 am to noon. The organization also has a new dads’ class in the same place every Saturday 10 am until noon. For more information call 907-212-4940.
This institute was founded by Maria and Rose, Licensed Clinical Social Workers with specialization in maternal mental health. They primarily serve the people in Colorado, in the Boulder and Denver Metropolitan areas. The institute offers a broad scope of mental health services including group, family, individual, and play therapy. To contact the institute, reach the team at http://www.motherchildinstitute.com/contact/.
The Tree of Hope Foundation was founded in honor of a mother and infant in St. Clair Shores who had a tragedy in 2004 as a result of postpartum depression. It aims at increasing awareness, promoting research and providing support for people affected by postpartum depression. The foundation has three PPD and anxiety depression groups that meet every week. The sessions are free of charge, led by a licensed facilitator and need no referrals- you just walk in. Find information on schedules of the support groups at https://www.treeofhopefoundation.org/support-groups.
The Sacred Circle is a free peer support group that provides support to parents dealing with any perinatal mental health condition, including postpartum depression. They meet in quarterly in March, June, September, and January on the 4th Sunday from 3 to 4:30 pm at Topeka and Shawnee Public Library. See a detailed schedule of their meetings here https://www.sacredcircleneks.com/meetings.
Luna Counselling Center specializes in reproductive mental wellness issues. They give individual and group therapy sessions as well as postpartum support for struggling moms and dads. The center is based in Denver at the East Evans Avenue Building. The support group sessions are offered at no cost, but you have to reserve a space by calling 303-710-9070. Each session lasts 90 minutes, and the members meet every first and third Saturday of every month from 10 to 11:15 am.
Wings for Wellness Organization is based in Dallas and is dedicated to helping women and families overcome the ties of postpartum depression through providing support, resources, and information. They focus on providing a strong network support and access to medical help. They have mom to mom support group meetings at the Nappy Shoppe Plane. For a schedule of their meetings, reach them at http://wingsforwellness.org/contact.html or https://web.facebook.com/wingsforwellness/?_rdc=1&_rdr. They also hold exciting expos for postnatal resources from time to time.
We hope that you find a support group on our list, and if not, talk to your obstetrician or mental health care provider for some resources. If you are not able to find someone to talk to and you feel that you may cause harm to yourself or the baby, please call 911, your health care provider or go to the nearest hospital. For free and confidential emotional support when in a suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-TALK.