Looking after your mental health

Having a baby can be one of the most exciting and challenging things you ever do. Some days can be filled with joy, happiness and delight but other days you may feel anxious, overwhelmed and confused.

While it’s normal to feel tired, irritable and overwhelmed in your transition as a parent, some women can experience extreme depression and anxiety.

The Perinatal Mental Health Consultation Service is a consultation and liaison service that specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of women who experience mental health issues during preconception, antenatal and postnatal periods.

Our service is staffed by a Psychiatrist, Registrar, Psychologists and a Registered Nurse.  We don’t offer clinical management or provide crisis assessments.

For more information, please contact us on 02 6205 1469.

Support information

If you are struggling with pregnancy related mental health issues, these tips may help you manage your symptoms:

  • take one step at a time, things get better
  • get in touch with services such as Post & Ante Natal Depression Support & Information (PANDSI)
  • be kind to yourself and allow time each day to do the things you enjoy
  • exercise regularly
  • do yoga or relaxation
  • eat well-balanced meals
  • seek support from family, friends and other mothers
  • speak to your GP or other healthcare professional
Resources

Please see the links below for more information on Perinatal mental health.

Page last updated on: 1 Oct 2018