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Perinatal Mental Health (PMH)

Mental Health is an important part of health and well-being. The perinatal period is the time from pregnancy to childbirth to the first year postpartum. Mental health disorders such as depression, and anxiety, as well as other disorders, can be experienced by women during this time. Poor mental health in the perinatal period has a negative impact on the mother's functioning and on the infant's mental health. This will impact the child throughout their life.

If you have thoughts about harming yourself, your baby, or others, you should seek help from a healthcare professional immediately.
 
  • Sad motherBaby Blues
    Life with a new baby is not always what you expect. The birth or adoption of a baby can bring physical, emotional and social changes.
  • Pregnancy worriesPregnancy Blues
    Pregnancy is often seen as a time of joy and excitement, but this is not true for everyone.
  • Mother Reach CoalitionMother Reach Coalition
    Community members and professionals supporting women and their families who are at risk for, or are coping with, a perinatal mental health disorder.
 

You may...

  • Feel sad or numb
  • Be tearful or cry a lot
  • Feel exhausted, but not able to sleep
  • Have changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Feel overwhelmed and can’t concentrate
  • Feel anxious or can’t stop worrying 
  • Seek constant reassurance from others or the internet
  • Have no interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feel hopeless or worthless
  • Feel restless, irritable or angry
  • Feel guilty and ashamed
  • Avoid spending time with family and friends
  • Have thoughts of hurting yourself or others

If your symptoms continue or get worse, speak to your healthcare professional. 

 

Don't Wait, Get Help

Reach Out (24/7 Crisis Service)
Call or Webchat
1-866-933-2023

Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre (24/7 Walk-in Service)
648 Huron Street, London (at Adelaide)

Support Line (24/7 Therapeutic Listening)
1-844-360-8055

Health Connection (Speak to a Public Health Nurse)
519-663-5317 Ext. 2280

Merrymount Family Support & Crisis Centre / Mother Reach Support Group
519-434-6848
1064 Colborne St (at Huron)

Family Services Thames Valley / Quick Access Mental Health Walk-in Clinic 

519-433-0183

INsite Clinic-Your network for mental health and well-being/Family Centre White Oaks

519-433-0183, ext. 8111 or email ATapia@familyservicethamesvalley.com

Talk-in Clinics London and Middlesex

 
Date of creation: December 1, 2017
Last modified on: January 9, 2018
 
 

References

1BC Reproductive Mental Health Program. (2014). Best practice guidelines for mental health disorders in the perinatal period. Retrieved from
http://www.perinatalservicesbc.ca/Documents/Guidelines-Standards/Maternal/MentalHealthDisordersGuideline.pdf
2Canadian Pediatric Society. (2017, March). Depression in pregnant women and mothers: How it affects you and your child. Retrieved from
https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/depression_in_pregnant_women_and_mothers
3Government of Canada. (2016, May 26). Depression during pregnancy. Retrieved from
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/pregnancy/depression-during-pregnancy.html
4Haensel, H., & Parkinson, S. (2017). Mothering the mother: Caring for mother’s mental health to optimize infant attachment and development. [PowerPoint slides].
5Haring, M., Smith, J. E., Bodnar, D., Misri, S., Little, R. M., & Ryan, D. (2013). Coping with anxiety during pregnancy and following the birth: A cognitive behavior therapy-based self-management guide for women and health care providers. Retrieved from
http://www.cw.bc.ca/library/pdf/BCRMH_AnxietyGuide_final.pdf