How can I get help/support for postpartum depression?
Note: NAMI volunteers are not medical or mental health professionals, and we cannot offer medical or mental health advice. The material outlined below is informational and we hope that it helps provide guidance toward getting support.
You may wish to consult the Depression page of NAMI’s website where you will find information on the condition, current treatments, ways to support recovery, and links to NAMI Discussion Groups that focus on topics related to Depression (create a NAMI.org account to participate in NAMI Discussion Groups).
The following postpartum depression-specific resources may also be of help:
- Postpartum Progress is an online blog supporting the international postpartum community by providing information, resources, stories of shared experience and an in-person support group finder. The website also offers a “New Mom” Postpartum Depression Checklist in both English and Spanish.
- Postpartum Support International provides information and resources for postpartum parents, including loss of a child and other related struggles; also includes an online weekly chat. To reach their non-crisis HelpLine, please call (800) 944-4773.
- Moms’ Mental Health Matters this initiative by the National Child and Maternal Health Education Program is designed to educate consumers and health care providers about who is at risk for depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, the signs of these problems, and how to get help.
- Depression in Women this National Institute of Mental Health webpage offers information about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of depression in women.
- Depression Fact Sheet this US Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health offers a fact sheet that discusses the types, signs, and treatment of depression.
- Postpartum Depression Fact Sheet the American Psychological Association offers a fact sheet that discusses the symptoms, associated factors, prevention, and treatment for postpartum depression.
- Video to Raise Awareness About Postpartum Depression this video is part of the Mental Health Across the Lifespan Initiative created by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- PostpartumMen is a place for men with concerns about depression, anxiety, or other problems with mood after the birth of a child. The website provides information, screening tools, resources and an online forum to connect for support.