PND Support Groups

We provide community based support groups and playgroups for families affected by postnatal and perinatal depression and anxiety.

 

Support group for Mums

Taking up to 12 women at once, our support group is a safe space for mums with perinatal depression and anxiety to connect and acknowledge their struggles.

Facilitated by a mum who has experienced PND they learn a variety of self help techniques that enable them to take back control of their lives.

Police vetted volunteers are present at group to take care of the children while the mums are in group.

Referrals are essential for this Thursday daytime group and can be made by a medical professional, family, friend or yourself by filling in this form.

 

Support group for Dads

An informal group for Dads who are needing some extra support with their own postnatal depression and anxiety, or would like to know more about what their partners are going through.

Facilitated by a Dad who has had experience of both this is a safe place to chat, listen and connect with others without the fear of being judged.

Total confidentiality.

No formal registration needed, attend one session or every fortnight, whatever you need.

Gold coin donation to help cover costs of snacks and drink.

When:   Alternate Wednesdays (Check here for dates)

Time:    7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Village Community Centre, 460 Papanui Road, Papanui (opposite KFC)

Cost:    Gold coin donation

 

Drop in group

An informal facilitated drop in support group for parents needing extra support, wanting to connect with others in the same situation or who are unable to attend our daytime groups.

Open to anyone with current or past perinatal depression, anxiety or other related illnesses. You do not need to have used our service before.

Facilitated by a Mum who has experienced postnatal depression.

A safe space with no judgement.

No formal registration needed, attend one session or every fortnight, whatever you need.

Please note there will be no childcare available but you are welcome to bring your babies along.

When:   Alternate Wednesdays (Check here for dates)

Time:    7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Village Community Centre, 460 Papanui Road, Papanui (opposite KFC)

Cost:    Gold coin donation

 

 

To find out more about any of our groups

Please email supportgroup@pndcanterbury.co.nz or ph 0211314352.

 

Target Audience

The target audience is parents who have postnatal depression, anxiety or other related mental health illnesses.

The primary target age of the babies/toddlers is zero to five years.

 

Programme Goals

  • To provide a safe support group for parents with PND and related conditions.
  • To provide a sense of normality around what the parents are experiencing.
  • To help parents identify stress triggers and manage these stressors.
  • To help parents develop problem solving skills.
  • To help parents discover how to observe the needs of their young children.
  • To encourage networking with other parents who are struggling.
  • To help parents identify ways to get help in the community.
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