Maternal Mental Health Week is going on right now. According to the Postpartum Support International website, perinatal mood disorders are the number one medical complication of childbirth. It’s very likely that someone you know, or maybe even you, has experienced a postpartum mood disorder.
The good news is..you don’t have to go through this alone. There are several resources in the area available to you.
PSI-NC has support groups available all over North Carolina. If you can’t get to a group, or if you need immediate help, call the Helpline at 1-800-944-4773. Text support is also available at 503-894-9453. This support is available 24/7. For more information you can contact Anne Wimer firstname.lastname@example.org or Megan Roberts email@example.com
Moms Supporting Moms offers both online and in-person support groups for mothers experiencing a postpartum mood disorder. You do not have to have an official diagnosis to attend. The in-person group meets at MidCarolina OBGYN (next to Rex Hospital). For more info contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is one of the most comprehensive in the country and features a Perinatal Psychiactric Inpatient Unit. For referrals to the inpatient unit call UNC Psych Admissions at 984-974-3834. In addition to the inpatient unit, the program offers support groups and outpatient clinics. These clinics are located at Vilcom Center in Chapel Hill, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, and at WakeMed North in North Raleigh. For more information about the Women’s Mood Disorders Program call 984-974-5217.
We see you. You are not alone and you are not invisible. You are worthy of love and support. If you need help finding support please call us at 919-424-6068.