Specialist Maternal Mental Health Service, Capital Coast District Health Board
Specialist Maternal Mental Health
21 Hania Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington.
This service is for women who are pregnant or have a baby under one year old (at the time of referral) who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues.
They also provide advice for health professionals regarding medication for women who are considering becoming pregnant, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding and who have existing moderate to severe mental health or addiction problems.
Areas covered: Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti and the Hutt Valley. In the Wairarapa a member of the team works alongside GPs as well as the adult community mental health team to advise other health professionals who are caring for pregnant women or new mothers who are experiencing mental illness.
All referrals should go through Te Haika, the 24/7 mental health and addictions contact centre. You can be referred to our service by your GP, lead maternity carer or other health professional.
This is not a crisis service. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs urgent help, please also contact Te Haika.
Te Haika, 24/7 contact centre
All referrals should go through Te Haika, the 24 hours a day, 7 days a week mental health and addictions contact centre. Te Haika provides telephone Triage for referrals to our team, and can engage MHAIDS Crisis Response Service if urgent contact is required
p. 0800 745 477
What you can expect of the service
Once your referral from a health professional is accepted, a time is arranged to meet with you and carry out an assessment.
The assessment usually takes about 90 minutes. You can go to the office in Hania St, Wellington, or at one of the community bases closer to where you live, or they can come to your home.
If they assess that they are the service best placed to help you and you agree, they will develop a plan outlining the care and treatment you require. They encourage you and your family to take part in developing the plan.
If they are not the best service for you they will provide you with information about other services that may help you.
Treatments and care provided
The maternal mental health team works with women before and after baby is born, along with their partners and whānau.
They are a team of professionals and offer a number of services, which may include:
- specialist assessments
- treatment and planning
- individualised support and therapy
- medication reviews and advice
- mental health information
- information about community support services.
They also work with other health care providers, e.g. your family doctor, your midwife and other professionals or services that you may be receiving care from.
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
Greenstone Doors is a Charitable Trust which functions as a pregnancy focused centre where women and whanau are able to receive accurate and professional information and care.
providing education, counselling, resources and support for women and their families during and after pregnancy through an independent network of counselling and support professionals.
15 Dudley Street, Lower Hutt
p. 04 566 5037
m. 027 2549222 or 022 0395788 (Tues-Fri 10am-5pm)
PO BOX 30 959
Lower Hutt 5040
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.
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 courses available, individual recovery courses on request. Course facilitator: Carolyn McIlraith