Links and information about the various groups and sources of information to advise and help you.
Sites for Dads
Dad Info– online community for dads:
www.dad.info, which gives you access to
The Fatherhood Institute: You need to register to access full services.
Dads House – a London based charity aimed mainly at single dads, packed full of advice, social events and support for dads.
Dads Included – online community for dads, with groups, topics and articles to access. Also offers consultancy services for father inclusive strategies and practice audits. You need to register to access full services :
Daddy Natal – support for Dads to be the best birth partners they can be, and to be the best dads that they can be. They recognise becoming a dad starts before birth, and continues for life, and offer both DaddyNatal antenatal classes (for men only) and New Dads classes (for Dads & Baby only) for when baby has arrived.
Fathers Reaching Out – A support group/network for men whose wives or partners are suffering from post natal depression. The focus of this network and group is to provide men in this position with the help and support they need to be able to manage and cope through this difficult time period.
Home Dad – support group dedicated to helping dads who are staying at home to bring up their children. They have over 500 members who are either at home full-time, work part-time or are raising kids on their own.
NCT Policy briefing: ‘Involving fathers in maternity care’
Families Need Fathers Both Parents Matter Cymru They work to help both parents have meaningful involvement in their children’s lives if the parents separate. They estimate that roughly one breakdown in three that they see has been caused by the mother having a postnatal illness which has not been identified.
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:
PND Information Websites
4Children – Give me Strength Campaign A campaign to secure strong, timely support for women and families experiencing postnatal depression, please visit the website:
Royal College of Psychiatrists – on their website you can download a variety of leaflets on mental health during and after pregnancy and watch a video clip about Postnatal depression. It has useful information about what help and support you should receive if you have an existing mental health problem and information leaflet for carers.
Video by Dr Alain Gregiore:
Mind - offers comprehensive advice and information about Postnatal depression and this can be accessed here: http://www.mind.org.uk/help/diagnoses_and_conditions/post-natal_depression
The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) – for women who have had a traumatic birth experience. It is estimated that, in the UK alone, this may result in 10,000 women a year developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): http://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/index.htm
The Mental Health Foundation - is a mental health research, policy and service improvement charity, has short section on PND and some useful relaxation and wellbeing podcasts to download: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/podcasts/
National Childbirth Trust (NCT) – Offering information on pregnancy and childbirth for parents – has a number of policy briefings available including ‘NHS postnatal care’ has particular reference to PND and services and support for suffers.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence – (NICE) are responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.
‘Depression: the treatment and management of depression in adults (update)’ (Clinical Guideline 90)This guideline is published alongside ‘Depression in adults with a chronic physical health problem: treatment and management’ (Clinical Guideline 91) which makes recommendations on the identification, treatment and management of depression in adults aged 18 years and older:
Rethink – is a useful site which does not really deal with PND but a variety of severe mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. However, they have a wealth of useful factsheets that are free to download, topics range from Rights to NHS Treatment, Suicide Prevention, Advice for nearest relative, benefits, finance and legal issues.
Thyromind – a website dedicated to identifying and helping people understand conditions which are a result of a under or overactive thyroid gland. Has useful information on how this relates to postnatal depression and flags what symptoms to look out for :