For care providers

Service Development Guidelines

This guideline demonstrates how to develope a mental health intervention at your facility, even with limited resources.

Download the guideline here

Basic Counselling Skills

This handbook provides you with some basic counselling skills, like listening, asking questions and reflecting.

Download the handbook here

Screening advisory

Screening represents a critical entry point to care for common mental disorders our advisory recommends.

Download the advisory here

Bettercare – Maternal Mental Health guidebook Bettercare_book

Written by Sally Field and Dr Simone Honikman Edited by Prof Dave Woods

A book from the highly successful series based on the Perinatal Education Programme, Maternal Mental Health was written for doctors, nurses and social workers caring for women before and after birth. It provides a clear guide to supporting mental health in the perinatal period.

Order the book here or read it online here

Resource directory

Our resource directory is aimed at care providers and organisations offering counselling or psycho-­social support services in the Cape Town region for vulnerable moms, dads and their families.
Click on the image to download.

Family Service Directory

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has developed this directory for care workers to provide support, education and preservation services to vulnerable and at-risk families.
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Support and service providers

Issue briefs

Learning briefs

  • Domestic violence during pregnancy • Open
  • Training for empathic engagement • Open
  • Alcohol and other drug use among pregnant women in a peri-urban South African setting • Open
  • Working together with the Department of Social Development: A case study from the PMHP • Open
  • Working with government services: lessons from the PMHP • Open
  • Achieve quality health care by caring for health workers • Open
  • New approach to screening pregnant women for mental health disorders • Open
  • Addressing the crisis of maternal mental illness among economically disadvantaged women • Open

Policy briefs

  • Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in South Africa: How to break the vicious cycle • Open
  • Screening for common perinatal mental disorders in low-resource, primary care, antenatal settings in South Africa • Open
  • Integrating maternal mental health into existing health and development programmes. • Open
  • Integrating mental health into South Africa’s Primary Healthcare Re-engineering Plan. • Open
  • Integrating mental health into maternal care in South Africa. • Open
  • Maternal mental health: addressing key vulnerabilities. • Open

Self-care for carers

Self-care for care workers

 

The maternity setting can be a stressful environment. As a health or social worker, you may be faced with limited resources, staff shortages, long working hours and task overload.

This leaflet gives you a few easy examples of how to care for yourself and get the support you need.

Click on the image or download here.

Maternal Mental Health handbook

PMHP’s Maternal Mental Health Handbook (3rd Edition: 2013)

Click on the images below to download the relevant chapter or download the full version here

Contents
Contents & Foreword

Chapter1
Introduction

Chapter2
Maternal Care

Chapter3
Maternal Mental Illness

Chapter4
Screening

Chapter5
How to refer

Chapter6
How to help

Chapter7
Special Issues

Chapter8
Resources

Afterword
Afterword

 

Multimedia resources

Videos

Secret History Training – this training video is aimed at trainers who train care providers in empathic engagement skills and respectful care in the health and social environment.

This training method is freely available for adaptation and use. 
However, we request that the PMHP is acknowledged for the original design. Most importantly, we ask that you let us know whether, where, and how you have used the method, any adaptations you have developed and any feedback you may have about the film, or about your experiences using the method. In this, we can learn from others’ work. 

If you wish to receive the Facilitators’ Guide please contact us at info@pmhp.za.org.

 

Caring for mothers, caring for the future – based on Xolelwa’s story, this documentary takes you into the world of mothers with depression. Award-winning Director Simon Wood, followed Xolelwa in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, where rates of postnatal depression are three times higher than in developed countries. 

 

 You can find this and many more useful videos on our YouTube channel here or follow the links below

  • “I felt like I am alone” watch Carol’s story here
  • Perinatal Mental Health – why research is important watch
  • Addressing mental health needs of health workers watch
  • Perinatal Mental Health in South Africa watch

Radio

  • Understanding prenatal depression 
    567 CapeTalk Health &Wellness, interview with Pippa Hudson and Simone Honikman | 19 May 2016 | Cape Talk

  • Maternal Mental Health matters 
    SAFM Otherwise, interview with Shado Twala and Simone Honikman | 03 May 2016 | IONO.FM
  • 567 CapeTalk Health &Wellness, interview with Africa Melane and Simone Honikman | August 2014 | Soundcloud 
  • SAFM Health Matters interview with Karen Key interview and Simone Honikman | August 2014 | Soundcloud 

TV

Caring for Mothers Caring for You

Together with the Western Cape Department of Health we developed this booklet for mothers and their carers.
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Teen pregnancy guide

Together with the Western Cape Department of Health we developed this booklet for pregnant teenagers.
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perinatal mental health

This handbook is intended as a supplement to our training programme and as a resource to anyone involved with mothers and mothers-to-be.
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This leaflet explains how you can deliver patient-centred care to mothers and babies.
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This leaflet is intended to provide support to health workers “If you do not feel cared for, it can be very difficult to care for others.”