Well Women helping mums
A free peer support service for women suffering from antenatal and postnatal depression is launching in south Auckland.
Well Women Franklin will be running once a week from the Redhill Community Centre in Papakura next month.
The charity organisation has been based in Pukekohe for 10 years and group facilitator Jane Fausett says there’s been a lot of demand to expand. T
he group, which includes trained facilitators and childcare workers, helps around 60 mothers each year dealing with a range of mental health disorders.
The service was originally started by a midwife after the suicide of a local women she had known.
It received funding from the district health board as a pilot scheme but now money is raised through community grants and fundraising.
The group is open to all women with children aged five and under and referrals are not necessary. Groups of up to 15 women attend each meeting to share their experiences. Facilitators can then guide each person in the right direction for further help.
Fausett says the organisation offers a unique service and is about ‘‘preventing depression’’ and offering ‘‘extra support’’ for mothers in need.