Helping mums in tough times
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.
The 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.
‘‘This is about families … the mum is the rock.
‘‘If she falls apart, the trickledown effect for the whole family is massive,’’ she says.
Fausett sees many women who have reached a ‘‘tipping point’’ while dealing with the stress of raising a family.
Common themes include financial difficulties, relationship breakdowns, bereavement and loss.
Group feedback, which remains anonymous, is very positive.
One mother says the service ‘‘was the starting point’’ in her recovery.
‘‘I have found it invaluable to meet other supportive women going through experiences,’’ she says.
The Papakura service starts on Tuesday, October 17, 9:45am to 11:15am at Redhill Community Centre, 163 Dominion Rd. Mental Health Awareness Week also runs from October 9 to 15.
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Well Women facilitators Jane Fausett, left, and Cathy Fletcher.