PND/PTSD & Support
PND & PTSD will look different to every family affected. For some it will be apparent right from the start, after the birth of their child, or maybe even before, that things are not quite right with them. For others they will hold it together through NICU/SCN and fall apart some time later, maybe immediately, maybe weeks, months or years down the track. There is no one size fits all. What is important is to recognise when you need help and to ask for it.
If you are feeling any of these -
Unable to cope
Feelings of sadness or inadequacy
Crying uncontrollably or for no good reason
Having panic attacks
Trouble bonding with your baby
Loss of appetite
Problems with memory or concentration
Irritability or anger
Unable to find pleasure in things
Low energy, not wanting to leave the house or have visitors
Thoughts of hurting yourself, your baby or others
You may benefit from counselling and/or medication.
If your baby was born at KEMH you can access the Psychological Medicine Consultation and Liaison Service - 6458 1521 at no charge for a period of 1 year after your baby was born. If your baby was born at a different hospital you may find assistance through the Raphael Centre, your Child Health Nurse, or speak to your GP who may be able to recommend a psychologist in your local area who specialises in PND/PTSD. Rural, regional or remote families may be able to access telephone or online video support services through Country Families @ Nagala, PANDA or Gidget Foundation.
PND & PTSD affect many people in our community, speak up and seek help.
If you are experiencing a crisis please contact one of the following services…
Mental Health Emergency Services
Tel: 1300 555 788
Samaritan Crisis Line
Tel: (08) 9381 5555
Tel: 13 11 14
Tel: (08) 9223 1111
Tel: (08) 9388 2500
Tel: 1300 224 636