APNI provides information and support to women suffering from post-natal depression. It has a countrywide network of phone, e-mail and postal volunteers, all of whom have recovered from post-natal illness. Depressed mothers are phoned or written to at regular intervals throughout their illness and the recovery period. The relationship between the volunteer and depressed mother is regularly monitored. Most women find it a great relief to talk to someone who really understands how they feel. Depressed mothers are always advised to seek medical help and constantly assured that they will recover.
The Association also runs a support service for husbands and families of the depressed woman. Many of the volunteer husbands will to talk to husbands of sufferers and offer help and advice if necessary. The Association has produced a leaflet that describes baby blues and post-natal depression, which is available to maternity units, ante-natal clinics, etc. It also works towards persuading the media to more accurately describe post-natal illness and its effects and is frequently asked to comment on news items.
145 Dawes Road, Fulham, London, SW6 7EB
Mon to Fri 10am-2pm
Who is it for:
Women suffering from post natal illness, their carers and medical professionals
English. There are no interpreters, but they have some volunteers who speak a variety of languages.
We operate over the telephone and through correspondence.
How to apply:
Call, email or write for support