How do I get Help?
HELP THIS INSTANT
Emergency…Call triple zero (000)
Call 000 if you are at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else. Don’t wait…you need help RIGHT NOW call 000 (without delay!)
HELP WITHIN HOURS
1300 366 375
The Mildura Base Hospital runs an Acute Response Service which is available 24 hours a day. Call this service on 1300 366 375 if you (or someone you are caring for) are in distress. The professionals within this service will provide a prompt response and help with next steps.
Click here for other useful national helplines (Lifeline etc.)
HELP WITHIN DAYS
If you are not at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else, we recommend that your first step towards seeking assistance is to make contact with your family doctor (GP) or Maternal and Child Health Nurse to discuss how you feel. These people can help put you on the path to feeling better.
Mental Health Services at TRISTAR MEDICAL GROUP also provides Perinatal and Postnatal Support Services. Appointments can be made by calling 03 50231200 and asking for an appointment with the Perinatal and Postnatal Mental Health Service.
We also recommend that you call the PANDA HELPLINE on 1300 726 307
PANDA is the Post and Antenatal Depression Association and its services include a Hotline open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday http://www.panda.org.au/
Once you call the PANDA Helpline you will receive assistance to get help, and regular follow up support calls, as often and for as long as required to ensure you (or someone you are caring for) have accessed the right help services and have made progress on the recovery journey. Through the Helpline you will also have access to useful information and tips for feeling better.
Click here to find out what else to expect when you call this helpline
HELP ON THE RECOVERY JOURNEY
Once you have been assisted by professionals, it is often very helpful to talk to someone who knows what you are going through. Peer support (as it is called) can make you feel less alone and less self-conscious about how you are feeling. Many people have found that just by meeting someone who understands them (through personal experience) can make them feel a bit better!
There are many families in our area who have experienced and recovered from perinatal (before and after childbirth) anxiety and depression. We know how it feels, what helped us, and what your partner/family/friends might need to know to help you…you can access us in two main ways:
The Sunraysia Postnatal Depression (PND) Support Network Inc
Ask your doctor, Maternal and Child Health Nurse or counsellor about how to be referred to the Sunraysia Postnatal Depression Support Network Inc (or see info on this website).
We are a group of families who have experienced and recovered from PND, and we been trained to provide you with support and advice!
Would you like to be with other mums who are finding their parenting journey a little trying? Sometimes a shared ear or words of advice from someone who knows how you are feeling can be a great relief! The Mildura Rural City Council runs a regular postnatal depression supported playgroup called ‘Butterflies’. This group is friendly and open to families and caregivers affected by post natal anxiety and or depression. Families with children aged between 0-5 years are welcome.
The ‘Butterflies’ Playgroup operates as follows:
Place: Total Learning Centre, Mildura Primary School, Twelfth St Mildura
Time: Wednesday’s 10.00am – 11.30am
Playgroup is run during school terms and through holidays as requested (apart from Summer holidays).
Contact: Laura Parente on 03 5018 8199 (BH) or 0400 134 879 Mobile if you would like to go along.
NB: Sometimes it is a bit daunting to go along to a playgroup when you don’t know anybody else – particularly if you are experiencing anxiety and/or depression. Talk to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse about this, and we can organise for a member of the Sunraysia Postnatal Depression Support Network to call you first and take you along for the first time.
How to access SPNDSN?
Ask your health professional (GP, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Counsellor or Social Worker) to refer you to SPNDSN for peer support.
Talk to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse about peer support and how to get referred to us.
Contact us directly and we can help you seek a referral.
After you have been referred to us we will:
- Give you a phone call to have a chat.
- Arrange a time to meet up (if you wish).
- Follow up by phone as you recover.
You can also make contact with us (and keep up to date on local things related to perinatal anxiety and depression) by FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunraysia-Post-Natal-Depression-Support-Network/158107417579312
What support is available through SPNDSN?
A peer supporter can contact you by phone. All of our peer supporters have experienced PND and sometimes just discovering someone who has been through it, is enough to ease the pain. Peer support can be done by phone or in person at your home or at a meeting place. It is very flexible and there is no ongoing commitment.
Where tasks are becoming too overwhelming like cooking or cleaning, we have arrange help for you to get on top of the everyday stuff too.
Sometimes the many resources available can look like a maze and finding your way can be difficult. Talking to someone who has experienced PND locally who can recommend what worked well for them, can help navigate through the materials and services available.
Click here to find out more about why peer support is important.