Service Development Guidelines
Integrating Maternal Mental Health: this guide can be used by those planning mental health services or facility managers wanting to implement integrated services – 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. It also outlines approaches to counselling mothers during pregnancy.
Download the handbook here
Screening represents a critical entry point to care for common mental disorders our Screening for Common Perinatal Mental Disorders in South Africa advisory recommends.
Download the advisory here
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.
“I can relate to the book because I have experienced Maternal Mental Illness during pregnancy of my first child and after the pregnancy of my last born child, The maniac episode took place four months after I gave birth.” MF, Department of Social Development North West Province employed as a Social Auxiliary Worker
Support and service providers
- South African Helplines
- South African Depression & Anxiety Group (SADAG)
- Family & Marriage Association of South Africa (FAMSA)
- Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre
- South African National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (SANCA)
- Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women & Children
- Mosaic Centre for Women
- Community Action towards a Safer Environment
- Cape Mental Health Society
- The Parent Centre
- Visit the MOTHERISK website for information on the use of medication during pregnancy and other useful resources
- South African Federation for Mental Health
- ICAS wellness support for health workers and their dependents (Toll Free 0800 068 6858)
Bringing Light to Motherhood: Perinatal Mental Health Community Provider Toolkit
This toolkit, developed by Maternal Mental Health Now, is an easy-to-use resource geared toward any health care provider or caregiver that interacts with new moms and moms-to-be. With over 100 pages are full of tips and advice on the risk factors, symptoms, prevention, screening, intervention and treatment of perinatal depression and related mood disorders, the toolkit also provides handouts that providers can distribute to patients. Download the PDF or use the interactive toolkit online.
- Maternal mental illness and child outcomes
- Mental illness among displaced, migrant and refugee women
- Suicidal ideation during the perinatal period
- Alcohol and other drug use in pregnancy
- Adolescent pregnancy and mental health
- Antidepressant use during pregnancy
- HIV and maternal mental illness
- Maternal mental health services – intervention in gender-based violence and abuse
- The cost of maternal mental illness
- Nyamekela4Care: an on-site learning and support package for care providers • Open
- 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
- Screening for Common Perinatal Mental Disorders in South Africa: The need, the research, the tool. Let’s do it. • Open
- 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
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
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.
If you wish to receive the Facilitators’ Guide please contact us at email@example.com.
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
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
- Wellness for her – interview with Dr Simone Honikman | Cape Town TV | 2014
- New PMHP counselling service and research site at Hanover Park | Cape TV | 29 March 2012
- Great Expectations (Part 1) (Part 2) | eTV Baby Science | 8 March 2010