Knowledge generation

The PMHP generates knowledge to strengthen maternal mental health systems in low resource settings

We work in partnership with other researchers and research institutions to generate an evidence-base to strengthen maternal mental health systems in low resource settings.

Our research focus areas are developed from on-the-ground experience and aim to provide new knowledge that can be pragmatically applied. 

These include distribution and determinants of multiple aspects of maternal mental health such as depression, anxiety, suicidality, alcohol and substance abuse, food insecurity and domestic violence. 

Academic publications

Developing a task-sharing psychological intervention to treat mild to moderate symptoms of perinatal depression and anxiety in South Africa: a mixed-method formative study (2021)
S Boisits, Z Abrahams, M Schneider, S Honikman, D Kaminer and C Lund, Int J Ment Health Syst15, 23
DOI: 10.1186/s13033-021-00443-5
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Brief problem-solving therapy for antenatal depressive symptoms in primary care in rural Ethiopia: protocol for a randomised, controlled feasibility trial (2021)
T Bitew, R. Keynejad, B Myers, S Honikman, G Medhin, F Girma, L Howard, K Sorsdahl and C Hanlon, Pilot Feasibility Stud 7, 35
DOI: 10.1186/s40814-021-00773-8
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Perinatal depression and anxiety in resource-constrained settings: interventions and health systems strengthening (2020)
S Honikman, S Sigwebela, M Schneider, S Field, Chapter in South African Health Review 2020
ISBN 978-1-928479-06-2
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Perinatal mental health around the world: priorities for research and service development in Africa (2020)
M Ng’oma, T Bitew, M Kaiyo-Utete, C Hanlon, S Honikman and R C Stewart, BJPsych International
DOI: 10.1192/bji.2020.16
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Stakeholder perspectives on antenatal depression and the potential for psychological intervention in rural Ethiopia: a qualitative study (2020)
T Bitew, R Keynejad, S Honikman, K Sorsdahl, B Myers, A Fekadu, C Hanlon, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
DOI: 10.1186/s12884-020-03069-6
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Problem solving therapy (PST) tailored for intimate partner violence (IPV) versus standard PST and enhanced usual care for pregnant women experiencing IPV in rural Ethiopia: protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility trial (2020)
R Keynejad, T Bitew, K Sorsdahl, B Myers, S Honikman, G Medhin, N Deyessa, N Sevdalis, W Tol, L Howard, C Hanlon, Trials, 21, Article number: 454
DOI: 10.1186/s13063-020-04331-0
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Adolescent mothers: A qualitative study on barriers and facilitators to mental health in a low-resource setting in Cape Town, South Africa (2020) 
S Field, Z Abrahams, S Honikman, African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, Vol 12, No 1, a2279
DOI: 10.4102/phcfm.v12i1.2279
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Food Insecurity, Maternal Mental Health, and Domestic Violence: A Call for a Syndemic Approach to Research and Interventions (2020) 
C Laurenzi, S Field, S Honikman, Maternal and Child Health Journal
DOI:10.1007/s10995-019-02872-8
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Task-sharing of psychological treatment for antenatal depression in Khayelitsha, South Africa: Effects on antenatal and postnatal outcomes in an individual randomised controlled trial (2019)
C Lund, M Schneider, E C. Garman, T Davies, M Munodawafa, S Honikman, A Bhana, J Bass, P Bolton, M Dewey, J Joska, A Kagee, L Myer, I Petersen, M Prince, D J. Stein, H Tabana et al., Behaviour Research and Therapy
DOI:10.1016/j.brat.2019.103466
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Maternal Mental Health in South Africa and the Opportunity for Integration (2019)
S Honikman, S Field, chapter in: Fritzsche K., McDaniel S., Wirsching M. (eds) Psychosomatic Medicine. Springer, Cham 
DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-27080-3_27
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Validation of a brief mental health screening tool for pregnant women in a low socio-economic setting (2019)
Z Abrahams, M Schneider, S Field, S Honikman, BMC Psychol 7, 77 
DOI:10.1186/s40359-019-0355-3
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Maternal, child and adolescent mental health: An ecological life course perspective (2019)
X Hunt, S Skeen, S Honikman, J Bantjes, K Matlwa Mabaso, S Docrat, M Tomlinson, Child Gauge 2019
ISBN: 978-0-620-85838-0
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The development of an ultra-short, maternal mental health screening tool in South Africa (2019)
T v Heyningen, L Myer, M Tomlinson, S Field, S Honikman, Global Mental Health
DOI: 10.1017/gmh.2019.21
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The Secret History method and the development of an ethos of care: Preparing the maternity environment for integrating mental health care in South Africa (2019)
S Honikman, S Field, S Cooper, Transcultural Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1177/1363461519844640
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Accessible continued professional development for maternal mental health (2019)
S Field, A Abrahams, D L Woods, R Turner, M N Onah, D K Kaura, S Honikman, African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine, 11(1), a1902 
DOI: 10.4102/phcfm. v11i1.1902
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Characteristics of perinatal depression in rural central, India: a cross‑sectional study (2018)
S. D. Rathod, S Honikman, C Hanlon, R Shidhaye, International Journal of Mental Health Systems
DOI: 10.1186/s13033-018-0248-5
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Domestic and intimate partner violence among pregnant women in a low resource setting in South Africa: a facility-based, mixed methods study (2018)
S Field, M Onah, T v Heyningen, S Honikman, BMC Women’s Health
DOI: 10.1186/s12905-018-0612-2
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Partnerships in a Global Mental Health Research Programme—the Example of PRIME (2018)
E Breuer, C Hanlon, A Bhana, D Chisholm, M De Silva, A Fekadu, S Honikman, M Jordans, T Kathree, F Kigozi, NP Luitel, M Marx, G Medhin, V Murhar, S Ndyanabangi, V Patel,  I Petersen, M Prince, S Raja, SD Rathod, R Shidhaye, J Ssebunnya,  G Thornicroft,  M Tomlinson, T Wolde-Giorgis, C Lund Global Social Welfare 
DOI: 10.1007/s40609-018-0128-6
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Intercultural Adaptation of the “Secret History” Training: From South Africa to Germany (2018)
E Hänselmann, C Knapp, M Wirsching, S Honikman, Global Health Collaboration, Chapter 4
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-77685-9
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Adapting a perinatal empathic training method from South Africa to Germany From South Africa to Germany (2018)
C Knapp,  S Honikman, M Wirsching, G Husni-Pascha, E Hänselmann, Pilot and Feasibility Studies
DOI: 10.1186/s40814-018-0292-6
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Comparison of mental health screening tools for detecting antenatal depression and anxiety disorders in South African women (2018)
T v Heyningen, S Honikman, M Tomlinson, S Field, L Myer, PLoS ONE 13(4): e0193697,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193697
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Postpartum psychiatric disorders (2018)
S Meltzer-Brody, L M Howard, V Bergink, S Vigod, I Jones, T Munk-Olsen, S Honikman, J Milgrom, Nature Reviews Disease Primers
DOI: 10.1038/nrdp.2018.22
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Factors associated with household food insecurity and depression in pregnant South African women from a low socio-economic setting: a cross-sectional study (2018)
Z Abrahams, C Lund, S Field, S Honikman, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00127-018-1497-y
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Prevalence and predictors of anxiety disorders amongst low-income pregnant women in urban South Africa: a cross-sectional study (2017)
T v Heyningen, S Honikman, L Myer, M N Onah, S Field, M Tomlinson, Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 
DOI: 10.1007/s00737-017-0768-z
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Antenatal depressive symptoms and perinatal complications: a prospective study in rural Ethiopia (2017)
T Bitew, C Hanlon, E Kebede, S Honikman, A Fekuda, BMC Psychiatry (2017) 17:301, 
DOI: 10.1186/s12888-017-1462-4
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‘First 1000 days’ health interventions in low- and middle-income countries: alignment of South African policies with high-quality evidence (2017)
R English, N Peer, S Honikman, A Tugendhaft, K J Hofman, Global Health Action, 10:1, 1340396, 
DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2017.1340396
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Antenatal depressive symptoms and utilisation of delivery and postnatal care: a prospective study in rural Ethiopia (2017)
T Bitew, C HanlonE Kebede, S Honikman, M N Onah, A Fekadu, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth BMC series; DOI: 10.1186/s12884-017-1383-8
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Synthesising Global and Local Knowledge for the Development of Maternal Mental Health Care: Two Cases from South Africa (2017)
S Cooper, S Honikman, I Meintjes, M Tomlinson, The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health, Chapter 23
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Perinatal suicidal ideation and behaviour: psychiatry and adversity (2016)
M N Onah, S Field, J Bantjes, S Honikman, Archives of Women’s Mental Health; DOI: 10.1007/s00737-016-0706-5
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Maternal mental health and the first 1 000 days (2016)
R E  Turner, S Honikman, South African Medical Journal;106(12):1164-1167. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106.i12.12129
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Perinatal mental health care in a rural African district, Uganda: a qualitative study of barriers, facilitators and needs (2016)
J E M Nakku, E S Okello, D Kizza, S Honikman, J Ssebunnya, S Ndyanabangi, C Hanlon, F Kigozi, BMC Health Service Research, DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1547-7
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Antenatal depression and adversity in urban South Africa (2016)
T v Heyningen, L Myer, M N Onah, M Tomlinson, S FieldS Honikman, Journal of Affective Disorders, DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2016.05.052
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Predictors of alcohol and other drug use among pregnant women in a peri-urban South African setting (2016)
M N Onah, S FieldT v Heyningen, S Honikman, International Journal of Mental Health SystemsDOI: 10.1186/s13033-016-0070-x
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Integrating mental health into South Africa’ s health system : current status and way forward (2016)
M Schneider, E C Baron, E Breuer, SDocrat, S Honikman, A Kagee, M N Onah, S Skeen, K Sorsdahl, M Tomlinson, C vd Westhuizen, C Lund, South African Health Review, 2016, Chapter 13, Durban: Health Systems Trust
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Breastfeeding in South Africa : are we making progress? (2016)
Lisanne du Plessis, Nazia Peer, Simone Honikman, René English, South African Health Review, 2016, Chapter 10, Durban: Health Systems Trust
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Maternal mental health in primary care in five low- and middle-income countries: a situational analysis (2016)
E C Baron, C Hanlon, S Mall, S Honikman, E Breuer1, T Kathree, N P Luitel, J Nakku, C Lund, G Medhin, V Patel, I Petersen, S Shrivastava, M Tomlinson, Health Services Research, 2016, DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1291-z
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District mental healthcare plans for five low-and middle-income countries: commonalities, variations and evidence gaps (2015)
C Hanlon, A Fekadu, M Jordans, F Kigozi, I Petersen, R Shidhaye, S Honikman, C Lund, M Prince, S Raja, G Thornicroft, M Tomlinson, V Patel, British Journal of Psychiatry, 2015 Oct 7. pii: bjp.bp.114.153767.
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Generating evidence to narrow the treatment gap for mental disorders in sub-Saharan Africa: Rationale, Overview and Methods of AFFIRM (2015) 
C Lund, A Alem, M Schneider, C Hanlon, J Ahrens, C  Bandawe, J Bass, A Bhana, J Burns, D Chibanda, F Cowan, T Davies, M Dewey, A Fekadu, M Freeman, S Honikman, J Joska, A Kagee, R Mayston, G Medhin, S Musisi, L Myer, T Ntulo, M Nyatsanza, A Ofori-Atta, I Petersen, S Phakathi, M Prince, T Shibre, D.J.  Stein, L Swartz, G Thornicroft, M Tomlinson, L Wissow, E Susser, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. April 2015 DOI:10.1017/S2045796015000281
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Creating capabilities through maternal mental health Interventions: a case study at Hanover Park, Cape Town (2015)
I Meintjes, S Field, T Van Heyningen, S Honikman, Journal of International Development, 27, 234250 DOI: 10.1002/jid.3063
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Abuse in South African maternity settings is a disgrace: Potential solutions to the problem (Editorial) (2015)
S Honikman, S Fawcus, I Meintjes, The South African Medical Journal, April, Vol. 105, No. 4, 284 – 286.
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Patterns of use of a maternal mental health service in a low-resource antenatal setting in South Africa (2014) 
E Baron, S Field, Z Kafaar, S Honikman, Health and Social Care in the Community Journal doi: 10.1111/hsc.12167.
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The impact of antenatal mental distress on funtioning and capabilities: views of health care providers and service user in Cape Town, South Africa (2014) 
S Mall, S Honikman, B Evans, L Swartz, and C Lund, Informa Healthcare Disability and Rehabilitation: Vol. 36, No. 13, 1092-1099, doi:10.3109/09638288.2013.833300.
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Maternal mental health care: refining the components in a South African setting in Global Mental Health (2014) S Field, E Baron, I Meintjes, T van Heyningen, S Honikman, chapter in Essentials of Global Mental Health, Cambridge University Press, 173-186.
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Screening and pathways to maternal mental health care in a South African antenatal setting (2013)
B Vythilingum, S Field, Z Kafaar, E Baron, DJ Stein, S Honikman, Archives of Women’s Mental Health, April, 1-9. doi: 10.1007/s00737-013-0343-1.
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Stepped Care for Maternal Mental Health: A Case Study of the Perinatal Mental Health Project in South Africa (2012) 
S Honikman, T van Heyningen, S Field, E Baron, M Tomlinson, PLoS Medicine, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001222.
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Improving child outcomes through maternal mental health interventions (2010)
I Meintjes; S Field, L Sanders, T Van Heyningen, S Honikman, Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Vol. 22, No. 2, 73 – 82.
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The Perinatal Mental Health Project (2004) 
S Honikman, H Rosenthal, S Faure, B Wirz, S van Zijl, M Littlejohn, N Bergman, S Fawcus, Mental Health Promotion: Case Studies from Countries, WHO/WFMH, (Eds. S Saxena & PJ Garrison), 84.
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Nyamekela4Care (N4C)
Several years ago, we developed N4C as an intervention that provides a structured training, skills development, case sharing and self-care system for care providers. The aim is for N4C to enhance service provider cooperation, wellness, efficiency and effectiveness. We continued our collaboration on two separate projects to evaluate and adapt N4C.

N4C and the Children’s Institute (CI): In partnership with the CI at UCT, we are adapting N4C for use with Child Protection service teams. These teams consist of professionals from the justice, health, social development and police sectors. Preparation for this pilot of feasibility study is underway.

N4C and Community Orientated Primary Care (COPC): In partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health (DoH) and the Institute for Life Course Health Research at Stellenbosch University, we are evaluating N4C in two Community Orientated Primary Care facilities, Mamre (rural) and Bishop Lavis (urban). We will assess changes in staff burnout, wellness, mindfulness, knowledge and empathic skills. Uptake of N4C has been challenging at Mamre but has progressed well at Bishop Lavis. Mid-point and end-point data were collected during 2019. These will be analysed and written up during 2020.

KILKARI: This research project aims to evaluate two large scale mobile health (mHealth) initiatives in India, Kilkari and Mobile Academy providing messages for mothers and front-line workers in maternal and child health. The project is managed by The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHU) and collaborates with BBC Media Action. Simone Honikman is a co-investigator.

ASSET is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Unit on Health System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is working in four countries; Ethiopia, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. Simone Honikman is a co-investigator and supported this work through Theory of Change workshops, intervention development and protocol design for the intervention phase.

Screening tool development

ShortScreeningTool-PMHPThe PMHP identified a major obstacle to providing mental health care: the relevant mental health screening tool validated for our setting, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), does not address the context-specific needs of our health system. The EPDS has proven too cumbersome for routine use in busy antenatal clinics, and it is not sufficiently sensitive to a context challenged by HIV/AIDS, poverty, high rates of violence and trauma and a severe lack of social support within low-income communities.

The high prevalence of maternal depression in South Africa requires that maternal mental health screening, performed routinely and on-site, be logistically feasible and responsive to the local risk factors which may influence mental distress. To address this gap, we have developed a brief 5-question screening tool to identify symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.  

The study was based at our Hanover Park site. Women attending the maternity service were screened, offered counselling if required and referred to social support services where appropriate. Screening included the PMHP’s risk factor assessment, as well as several other risk and mood screens which are being assessed against a diagnostic gold standard. The most robust screening items were identified for inclusion in a valid, responsive and pragmatic new tool which may be used in limited-resource settings.

For more information read the Overview of the study here

For more information read the Policy Brief here

Policy briefs

Screening for Common Perinatal Mental Disorders in South Africa: The need, the research, the tool. Let’s do it.  Open | Research Poster | Open

 

 

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in South Africa: How to break the vicious cycle. 
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ShortScreeningTool-PMHP

Screening for common perinatal mental disorders in low-resource, primary care, antenatal settings in South Africa. 
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PRIME_PolicyBrief#5

Integrating maternal mental health into existing health and development programmes. 
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CPMH_PolicyBrief#1Integrating mental health into South Africa’s Primary Healthcare Re-engineering Plan.
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PMHP_PolicyBrief#15Maternal mental health: addressing key vulnerabilities. 
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PMHP_PolicyBrief#6

Integrating mental health into maternal care in South Africa. 
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Academic presentations

2019

  • Strategies for management of common perinatal mental conditions in resource-constrained settings
    invited by World Health Organisation as part of its symposium ‘Out of the Shadows: Addressing and Treating Maternal Mental Health’ Women Deliver Conference, Vancouver, Canada
  • Integrating mental health into maternity care: lessons from the Perinatal Mental Health Project
    Roundtable presentation, Western Cape DoH annual research day, Cape Town
  • Factors associated with household food insecurity and depression in pregnant South African women from a low socio-economic setting: a cross-sectional study
    Western Cape DoH annual research day, Cape Town
  • Validation of a brief mental health screening tool for pregnant women in South Africa
    Western Cape DoH annual research day, Cape Town
  • Validation of a brief mental health screening tool for pregnant women in South Africa
    Food Security Symposium, Cape Town
  • Nyamekela4Care: An integrated training, empathic skills, case sharing and self-care programme for care providers
    Child and Trauma conference, Cape Town
  • Factors associated with household food insecurity and depression in pregnant women living in Hanover Park Poster presentation, Grow Great Seminar “Zero Stunting by 2030 in South Africa”, Johannesburg

2018

  • Maternal mental health intervention research in Africa – co-convenor of the symposium 
    International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Bengalaru, India
  • Domestic and intimate partner violence among pregnant women in a low resource setting in South Africa: a facility-based, mixed-methods study – oral presentation
    International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Bengalaru, India
  • Development of a brief mental health screening tool for pregnant women in South Africa – oral presentation
    International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Bengalaru, India
  • Validation of a brief mental health screening tool for pregnant women in South Africa – poster presentation
    International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Bengalaru, India
  • Development of a brief screening tool for common perinatal mental disorders – oral presentation
    South Africa 35th Conference on Priorities in Perinatal Care in Southern Africa, Drakensberg, South Africa 
  • ‘Secret History’ workshop, a training method for enhancing providers’ empathic care for mothers 
    Global Mental Health Summit, Johannesburg, South Africa 

2017

  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety in pregnant women from low socio-economic settings improve after counselling
    Psychotherapy Symposium, UCT, Stellenbosch University, University of the Western Cape, Western Cape Health, Cape Town, South Africa
  • An overview of the PMHP maternal mental health service at Mowbray Maternity Hospital and outcomes from the last two years
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mowbray Maternity Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Economy, Equality & Access to Mental Health Services: Food insecurity and maternal mental health
    World Mental Health Day symposium, Baxter Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa

2016

  • Maternal wellbeing and psychosocial support – First 1000 Days Plenary address
    Child Health Priorities Conference, Cape Town, South Africa  
  • Perinatal suicidal ideation and behaviour: psychiatry and adversity 
    World Psychiatric Association International Congress, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Prevalence and predictors of perinatal anxiety disorders amongst low income women in a resource poor setting 
    World Psychiatric Association International Congress, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Antenatal common mental disorders, suicidality and associated risk factors: a cross-sectional survey from a socially adverse setting, Cape Town 
    International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Nyamekela4Care – An integrated peer-support and training system for health and social care workers
    Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA), Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Antenatal mental health disorders and associated risk factors: Evidence from a cross-sectional survey at Hanover Park MOU 
    35th Conference on Priorities in Perinatal Care in Southern Africa, Limpopo, South Africa
  • Integrating mental health in to maternal health care: promising results towards closing the treatment gap
    35th Conference on Priorities in Perinatal Care in Southern Africa, Limpopo, South Africa

2015

  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cape Town (UCT), Research Day (local presentation): Predictors of alcohol and other drug use among pregnant women in a low-income urban setting
  • Annual Symposium on Community Mental Health. Elizabeth Donkin Hospital – Port Elizabeth, South Africa – Maternal Mental Health – why and how we should respond.
  • Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health UCT, academic meeting (local presentation). Prevalence of antenatal depression and associated risk factors amongst low-income women living in Hanover Park. 

2014

  • International Marcé Society Biennial Scientific Meeting – SwanseaWales – Screening Tool development study 
  • World Congress of Psychiatry – Madrid, Spain – Symposium “Born this Way: finding solutions to global challenges in Perinatal Mental Health” – Maternal mental health and health service design

2013

  • Mental Health Research and Practice Development Conference – Mzuzu, Malawi – keynote address: Maternal mental health service development.

2012

  • Toward Carnegie III: Strategies to overcome Poverty and Inequality – University of Cape Town, South Africa – Creating capabilities through maternal mental health: a case study at Hanover Park.
  • Marcé Society Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Paris, France. – Integrating mental health care into maternity settings: lessons from a decade’s work in South Africa.
  • Perinatal Priorities Conference – Eastern Cape, South Africa – Maternal Mental Healthcare: Refining the components in a South African public health setting.
  • Western Cape Mental Health Summit – Cape Town, South Africa – Integrated mental health care: a cross-cutting solution.

2011

  • Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa Forum (PATA) – Gaborone, Botswana – Adolescent pregnancy, HIV and mental distress
  • Panel participant: Second Lancet Summit of the Movement for Global Mental Health – Cape Town, South Africa – Maternal mental health care: a model for integration
  • World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health – Cape Town, South Africa – Symposium 1: Maternal mental health: from the clinical to the political, facilitated by PMHP Director

2010

  • Marcé Society Perinatal Mental Health Conference – Pittsburgh, USA – Mood changes in the Perinatal Mental Health Project.
  • South African Society of Psychiatrists Conference – South Africa – Maternal Mental Health: addressing key vulnerabilities.
  • African Health Facilities Conference – Durban, South Africa – Maternal mental health care: a model for integration.
  • National Department of Health Midwifery Summit – Johannesburg, South Africa – Maternal mental health care: a model for integration.

2009

  • Expanding our Horizons: Moving mental health and wellness promotion into the mainstream – Toronto, Canada – The ‘secret history’ method: training maternity staff for mental health promotion in Cape Town. Maternal antenatal distress: risk factors and service utilisation in a South African setting.
  • South African Society of Psychiatrists Conference – South Africa – Screening for psychological disorders in pregnancy in low-resource settings 
  • South African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development Ratification Seminar – South Africa – Putting maternal mental health on the agenda.
  • South African National AIDS Council working meeting of the NGO techincal task team – South Africa – Care for the caregiver and mental health protocols. 

2008

  • International Mental Health Conference – Institute of Psychiatry at The Maudsley, London, UK – The Perinatal Mental Health Project: A summative evaluation of a pilot implementation programme.
  • Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa (PATA) Conference – Kigali, Rwanda – Mental health considerations for mothers and caregivers of HIV positive children.

2006

  • UCT Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Cape Town, South Africa – Perinatal Mental Health in Context at Postgraduate Refresher Course.

2004

  • Priorities in Perinatal Care in South Africa – Limpopo province, South Africa – The Perinatal Mental Health Project: an introduction.

Hosting postgraduate research

Thandi van Heyningen

Thandi is a Clinical Psychologist and researcher who is registered for a PHD at the University of Cape Town, School of Public Health & Family Medicine. Her work is based on the PMHP’s screening tool development study at Hanover Park. 

 

Research opportunities at the PMHP

Opportunities exist for the PMHP to host graduate students undertaking Masters or Doctoral studies engaging in high quality research of mutual interest in a range of disciplines such as anthropology, disability studies, psychiatry, psychology or economics.

Interested applicants can contact us with a brief description of research interests or proposal concepts. Selected individuals will be mentored by experienced staff within the Department who will, where possible, assist in facilitating the procurement of funding as well as the necessary logistical procedures for the work to take place.

Examples of previously hosted research

  • Motherhood and emotional distress in a South African township: an ethnographic investigation of postnatal depression in sociocultural context. (PhD)
  • A qualitative investigation of depressed mothers’ experiences with respect to functioning and participation. (Post-doc)
  • Barriers to accessing maternal mental health care. (Honours)
  • Formative work towards the development of a group-based intervention for vulnerable mothers.