Well Women help­ing mums

Franklin County News - - PROPERTY FEATURE -

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.

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