PND Wellington was established in 1989 to fill a particular need in the community for women experiencing post or ante-natal distress (PND).  Whilst there are groups established to support women through their pregnancies and on to becoming a new mother, women with post natal distress often have no means of seeking help, except their doctor/midwife.  The group was started by a midwife and a former sufferer of PND who recognized the need for a support group in the Wellington district. There is no other agency in Wellington which provides such a specific service to women with PND on a voluntary basis.

PND Wellington led to the formation of a National Association for PND – PMHNZ (perinatal Mental Health NZ) was set up in February 2011.

+Catchment Area

We cover all of Wellington including the Hutt, Porirua, and Kapiti.  We also support a number of people and agencies from Wairarapa and Horowhenua. Individuals and groups contact us from all over NZ due to the lack of support networks in their area.

+Objective

Main objective is to provide support for women and their families who are experiencing distress/depression during pregnancy, or after the birth of a baby.

+Broader Aims

To provide support; information and education to women with PND

To provide support; information and education to her partner/family

To provide community education and professional consultation on PND

+Community liaison

Coordinators available for training and talks to interested groups; assistance to student’s research

Seminar Days held for volunteers and Health and Social Service professionals working with women and families, with a range of guest speakers presenting on topics and research pertaining to maternal mental health.

+Training & Professional Development

All telephone supporters have attended a comprehensive training course.  Training Courses are held annually to recruit new members as some volunteers move on. Coordinators attend conferences and seminars when able, and when funding permits. Guest speakers may attend our member meetings to further our professional development and knowledge of maternal mental health.

+Staff

Coordinator position. 30hrs/week   Shared between two/three people.

+Funding

We rely on grants and donations.  We rarely ask our volunteers to fund-raise as they already give their time to phone support work.  None of our income is guaranteed, and we receive no funding from government.