Life changes around pregnancy make women more vulnerable to mental illness.
At our service delivery site in Hanover Park, we provide routine screening for pregnant women and girls for depression and anxiety at the first antenatal visit. If they show signs or are at risk of depression or anxiety, free on-site psychosocial counselling, follow-up and case management is provided by our trained counsellors for up to one year post delivery.
The PMHP model is based on a stepped care approach, which means that referrals are made to psychiatric services when necessary. We build partnerships with public services and civil society to promote outreach and sustainability of service delivery.
Since inception up until the end 2017 the PMHP has
mothers in distress
Overall Programme Objectives
- providing psychological support and address the mental health needs of pregnant and postnatal women in psychological distress or at risk of mental disorders
- supporting and enhancing the capacity of maternity facilities and staff to integrate mental health services in a sustainable manner
- demonstrating and refining pragmatic, evidence-based service models that may be adapted for use at scale by national health authorities or in other resource-poor settings
- refining a stepped-care, collaborative model implemented through task sharing to ensure: scarce skills are optimally utilised; burnout is minimised; sustainability and reach are improved.