Over time we intend to provide a list of support groups to let you know where to get help and support locally.
We need your help to populate this list so please let us know who has helped you and how they can be contacted so that they can help others in the same situation.
PND Telephone Support Groups
NHS Direct – Internet site and 24 hour phone access for help and advice:
Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. 24 hours a day, seven days a week support through our free Parentline. Whatever your family role or situation, information on website about PND in the wellbeing section:
http://familylives.org.uk/ and - Telephone support (24 hour helpline) @ Parentline 08088002222
The Depression Alliance Perinatal Helpline - offers supportive listening and information to anyone affected by depression/anxiety associated with childbirth. Depression Alliance is a registered charity and their lines are open between 7pm and 10pm every evening
The Association for Post Natal Illness – a national organisation offering advice and telephone support for women with PND:
The Samaritans – best known for its telephone helpline, and for listening to people in crisis they also have a website with useful information on about depression in general :
http://www.samaritans.org/ – Telephone support 08457909090
PND Support Groups
Home-Start offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in local communities throughout the UK and with British Forces in Germany and Cyprus. They also run perinatal projects in some areas of the country, their site has videos featuring volunteer stories and examples of personal experiences.
Family Action – A provider of services to disadvantaged and socially isolated families since its foundation in 1869, it provides practical, emotional and financial support through over 100 services based in communities across England. A further 150,000 people benefit from their educational grants and information service:
Acacia – provides telephone support and a weekly befriending service for mothers and their families affected by pre or post natal depression across Birmingham :
Pandas Foundation aims to make sure that no mum, dad, or family feels as if they are alone. Whether this is through email, phone, or at a group session. They also work to raise awareness of the illness in both Mums and Dads.
Baby Book For parents to be through to carers and parents of pre-school children. For the Colchester and Tendring areas but has useful advice and information for all parents.
Cedar House Support Group is for women who are experiencing postnatal depression. The group provides a safe and supportive environment where mothers can get together with others who may be feeling similar to themselves. It facilitated by a trained and experienced counsellor and a retired health visitor, for more information go to:
The SMILE Group (Supporting Mums In Living with Emotions) runs sessions every Friday 10am to 12noon at Hurdsfield Childrens Centre, Hulley Road, Macclesfield, SK10 2LW. They have regular support from the local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) team, who often attend the sessions. People can contact the centre on 01625 378081 They can be followed on
Twitter @TheSMILEGroup or Facebook: TheSMILEGroup
PND Social Media Support Networks
Netmums - Netmums also has local sites containing parenting articles that start with pregnancy and follow through each stage of childhood, considered by many in the media to be an influential lobby group. They provide information on local Postnatal depression (PND) support groups, and lots of information about coping with PND, and having another baby after PND.
Action Postpartum Psychosis (APP) – a network of women across the UK who have experienced postpartum psychosis and who want to increase public awareness and research into the condition. APP is run by a team made up of academics, health professionals and women who have recovered from PP:
Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Network aims to improve the lives of children by becoming the recognised source of expertise on mental health in families affected by parental mental ill-health, through training, good practice guidance, research and publications. They aim to involve service users and carers in every aspect of the Network development and evaluation to make sure that the Network’s activities are user-focused:
It is coordinated by the Social Perspectives Network and supported by the Department for Education.
Perinatal Illness UK – is a charity for women and their families who think that they may have any type of Perinatal Illness, including PND and birth trauma. They are a registered Stakeholder with NICE, which means that they can have a say in the development of clinical guidelines for Ante and Post natal mental health.
Small Steps a regional parenting magazine and online parenting community for mums and dads of children 0-5, written by parents for parents:
Depression can be fun is an initiative of Helen McNallen who has suffered from Clinical and Bipolar Depression and wants to help others and spread the word. This site has a test for depression, forum and advice for carers and is supported by psychotherapist Marisa Peer: