Are you in CRISIS?
Call Postpartum Support International 1-800-944-4773 or go to your local emergency department.
Books are available for loan at the following locations:
- Brantford Public Library, https://www.brantford.ca/en/things-to-do/libraries.aspx , 519-756-2220
- County of Brant Public Library, www.brantlibrary.ca (A library card is necessary to log in.)
PPD Services and Supports
Do you or a friend need help? Don’t wait – call:
- Your health care provider: family physician, midwife, nurse, OB/GYN, psychiatrist, private therapist
- Mental Health Emergency Crisis Line (24 hours) at Brantford General Hospital: 519-752-2273
- Mental Health Crisis Services (24 hours) at St. Leonard’s Community Services: 519-759-7188 or 1-866-811-7188
- Telehealth Ontario (24 hours): 1-866-797-0000 or TTY 1-866-797-0007
- Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): 519-752-2998
- Family Counselling Centre of Brant: 519-753-4173
For more information on PPD services contact:
- Kids Can Fly: www.kidscanfly.ca
Parachute Program – Transitioning to Parenthood Drop-in Program
- Main Brantford Public Library, 173 Colborne Street
Mondays from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
- TB Costain Centre, Corner of Morrell St. and Grand River Avenue
Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Free taxi and child care on site. Call 519-755-9482 for more information.
PPD Warm Line and Chats
PSI Warm Line: 1-800-944-4773
Chat With an Expert: 1-800-944-8766 Participant Code 73162
Wednesday Chats for moms & helpers, and PSI First Monday Chats for dads. Postpartum Support International hosts free, live phone sessions every week, including Wednesday chats for moms and Monday chats for dads. During these sessions you can talk with a PSI expert about resources, symptoms, options and general information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders from the privacy of your own phone. There is no need to pre-register or give your name. These sessions, facilitated by licensed mental health professionals, are informational only and open to anyone with questions and concerns.
PPD Additional Websites
Information on these websites are for information purposes only. They should not substitute for a comprehensive evaluation by a licensed mental health professional. Refer to the above checklist and services and supports.
Mother Matters is a 12-week online support group for women having difficulty adjusting to new motherhood. Mother Matters is run by the Mental Health Program at Women’s College Hospital.
Mother Matters takes place on a confidential discussion board giving you the opportunity to share your experiences with other mothers going through similar challenges, as well a chance to learn from professionals in the field. Each week a new topic related to issues that commonly cause emotional distress during the first year of life with a new baby will be explored.
www.lifewithnewbaby.ca Information and resources for professionals and families from Best Start; Ontario’s Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre.
http://www.pmdinpeel.ca Peel Region website devoted to Postpartum Mood Disorders.
http://www.postpartumprogress.com/ Postpartum Progress together ~ stronger website
http://www.dona.org/mothers/faqs_postpartum.php DONA International Doulas provide emotional support for mothers and their partners during birth and the postpartum period. This site provides information about Doulas, research, resources and how to find a doula.
http://www.thesmilingmask.com/ The Smiling Mask: created to increase awareness and understanding of postpartum issues. Based on the stories of 3 women who experienced PMD and their journeys to health.
http://www.postpartum.net/ Postpartum Support International (PSI) – This page lists the PSI Support Coordinators and other area resources such as groups, telephone support, and reliable services that are available for no charge. We also list local events, trainings, and volunteer opportunities. Websites for Dads
http://www.postpartummen.com/ Postpartum Men: a site for men with concerns about depression, anxiety or other problems with mood after the birth of a child. Forum gives dads a chance to ask questions and share experiences.