Specialist Maternal Mental Health Service, Capital Coast District Health Board
Specialist Maternal Mental Health
21 Hania Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington.
p. 04 801 2960
f. 04 801 2969
Multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals including: Psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, psychiatric nurses, occupational therapist, infant psychotherapist, social worker.
- To provide a regional specialist perinatal mental health service to women in the Wellington and Central regions, via direct care in the community, and consultation/liaison and education/training for other health providers involved in their care.
Services provided to all the region:
- Consultation/liaison and specialist advice: to Regional DHBs, and health providers,
- Telephone and video conferencing
- Regional education/training.
To Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti, and Hutt Valley – in addition to the above.
Specialist clinical input/advice for:
- Women with a moderate-severe mood or psychotic disorder, living in the greater Wellington region
- Women with a history of same planning pregnancy
- Specialist assessment (NB. we do not provide a same-day acute assessment service for first presentations)
- Treatment planning – outlining options and available resources, and developing individualised plans for ante and post-natal mental health, including strategies to manage maternal tasks and roles.
- Treatment delivery – may include care management/co-ordination; facilitating access to community resources; psychopharmacological advice and prescription; psycho-education related to maternal issues (e.g. birth trauma, mother – infant relationship difficulties).
- Referrals are accepted from mental health professionals, Lead Maternity Carers (i.e. GPs and midwives), and other relevant health service providers e.g. from the Womens Hospital, Neonates.
Referral criteria for direct clinical input:
- Women who are pregnant, or up to nine months postnatal at point of referral, with an associated moderate-severe mood or psychotic disorder
- Women with enduring mental illness requiring specialist consultation or advice related to pregnancy)
- Exclusions: Women with a primary diagnosis of: anxiety disorder, personality disorder; physical/sensory disorder; intellectual disability; or drug and alcohol dependence/abuse.
Little Shadow (formerly PND Wellington)
Little Shadow offers counselling, support and information for those experiencing perinatal distress. We walk beside you in your journey, working collaboratively with health professionals and other organisations to help you on your journey to wellness.
PO Box 9362 Marion Square, Wellington 6141
Supporting and education Women with experience of Depression
Support groups in Wellington: Monday 6:30 – 8:30pm and every Friday 1:00 -3:00pm, in the central city.
Dr Bronwyn Sweeney, Clinical Psychologist, Childbirth Educator.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), compassion, mindfulness and positive psychology.
WellHub, Level 1, 82 Willis Street, Wellington, 6011
Provide support to mothers experiencing ante-natal and postnatal anxiety and depression, also offer PND Recovery courses and follow-up counselling in 12 areas across the North Island as well as online. These are delivered by qualified counsellors, social workers, life coaches or mental health nurses.
Phone: 0800 002 717 or 022 093 1822
Online PND Recovery Course – Mothers Helpers provides an online 10 week Perinatal Depression/Anxiety Recovery Course. All mums who have completed the course can go on to have therapy with your facilitator – a registered/qualified counsellor, social worker, life coach or mental health nurse. Click here for more information about the course
Wellington (Kelburn): Group course January/February 2018, Individual recovery courses on request.
Course facilitator: Carolyn McIlraith