Resources to help expecting and new moms cope with maternal mental health issues vary from one state to another, but fortunately, there are several international organizations and other groups that can help you find the right providers and local support.
Postpartum Support International (PSI) – Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping families suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and distress.
PSI advocates work to meet the goals of the shared PSI mission: To provide support, education, advocacy, and research for people living with mental illness through various activities. Some of the opportunities for connecting to PSI are listed below:
- www.postpartum.net – PSI’s website provides support, education and local resource information.
- 800.944.4PPD (4773) – PSI’s toll-free Help Line is available in English and Spanish. Help Line staffers will refer callers to appropriate local resources including emergency services if necessary.
- PSI Newsletter – PSI members (both in the US and internationally) received this bulletin with up-to-date information on news, conferences, resources, research and events.
- Area PSI Support Coordinators in all 50 U.S. states, as well as Canada, and Mexico, and nearly 40 additional countries provide telephone and email support, information, and access to informed local resources.
- Online Support Groups in English and Spanish every week, led by trained PSI facilitators.
- Standardized Training and Education for hospitals, public health systems, clinical providers, support group leaders, social support volunteers, and others.
- PSI Educational DVDs for families and providers.
- Free Phone “Chat with the Experts” First Mondays for Dads and every Wednesday for Moms, facilitated by PSI Professionals.
- Resources for Women, Families, Students, and Professionals.
- Links to multi-language resources
- Membership Directory where you can update your own profile, and conduct a search for other PSI members by name, profession, location, or interest.
Postpartum Progress – For moms with postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum psychosis, depression during pregnancy and more.
The Postpartum Progress website features access to many outlets for help, including:
- The Postpartum Progress blog – This award-winning blog is live 24 hours a day, and contains information about and symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, recovery, therapy, breastfeeding, and much more.
- A Warrior Mom Forum – Don’t have a support group near you? They will bring the support group to you.
- A New Mom Checklist – This checklist was designed to help new mothers who may not be sure how to talk to their doctors about how they are feeling. For clinicians, the checklist can facilitate conversations.
- Postpartum Progress Resources –
- Postpartum Progress Facebook support – A great place to connect with moms just like you!
- Warrior Mom Stories – Meet moms who are just like you. Click on a picture to reach each mom’s personal story.
- The Postpartum Progress Book Club – This book club reads a few books together each year about postpartum depression and then creates a group review of the book to share on the Postpartum Progress blog. Email book club leader Courtenay Xavier at email@example.com for more information or to join.
Books – These book selections range from titles specifically geared to new mothers and families, and those that are generally relatable to the topic of anxiety and depression. Please see the brief descriptions for information about the book title and possible trigger content.
Perinatal and Postpartum/New Mother/Motherhood
*The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook – This workbook provides new and expecting moms with skills to help them overcome anxiety, OCD, and other maternal mental health symptoms.
*** The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes you Forever – Childcare experts discuss the psychology of family and motherhood.
*** And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Intimacy and Rekindling Romance after the Baby Arrives – Love Lab™ experts John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman provide tips for couples to help keep their marriages strong and avoid the challenges parenthood brings.
*** The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection – Dr. Brené Brown gives readers 10 tips for creating families strong enough to support each other as each person works to reach full potential.
*** The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality – This essay collection shares real voices and stories that you don’t always find in parenting magazines or news stories.
*** Dropping the Baby and other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood – Learn how to handle unwanted thoughts through compassion, as shared by two established experts and authors.
*Things Might go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Life Liberated from Anxiety – This book will help you live with anxiety in meaningful ways. It contains a variety of short exercises you can do anytime to help you breathe, rest, and live.
**Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain one Simple Practice at a Time – Sometimes simple is best. This book will help you support and increase your well-being and inner peace.
**The Joy Compass: Eight Ways to Finding Lasting Happiness, Gratitude, and Optimism in the Present Moment – This is a pocket guide for anyone looking to recognize and refocus negativity toward the people and things that bring us joy.
**10 Mindful Minutes: A Journal – Can ten minutes a day really lead to happier lives? Try this practical and inspiring book to find out.
** Yoga Sparks – In this book, you will learn how yoga in small bits can become a habit to relieve stress, increase strength, and lead a happier, healthier life.
***At Last a Life – At Last a Life is the author’s own experience and recovery through anxiety, panic and depersonalisation.
Apps and Online Resources
***TED Talk: Let’s Talk about Postpartum Depression – Lisa Abramsom talks about postpartum depression and psychosis.
* Dark Side of the Full Moon – Dark Side of the Full Moon delves into the unseen world of maternal mental health in the U.S.
* I have used this resource and found it helped me, and have recommended it to others.
** Recommended by licensed therapists
*** Recommended by PPD/PPA survivors