Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury provides free community-based peer support for parents in Canterbury who are experiencing a decline in mental wellbeing relating to, or resulting from, pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting within the first 2,000 days (Pregnancy to 5 years).
Please note: Our support is non-clinical and designed for parents with a mild to moderate decline in mental wellbeing.
PADA (Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Aotearoa) have made a series of videos sharing different experiences of perinatal mental illness.
PADA Popup Chats
During the 2020 lockdown PADA (Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Aotearoa) hosted a series of video chats by professionals in the perinatal health sector.
Perinatal anxiety and depression are mental health conditions and there are many places and resources where you can seek help. Keep asking until you get help.
In a crisis please call 111, go to the nearest ED
or call the Crisis Resolution Team on 0800 920 092
Perinatal Mental Health Information
Men’s Mental Health Information
- Canterbury Men’s Centre supporting Canterbury men with a comprehensive selection of counselling (individual, ACC and couples), and anger management services, and male sexual abuse peer support.
How can you help?
We rely on volunteers to help us run groups, fundraise and provide governance on our board.
Board members: We are looking for people with 4 hours a month to help govern and advise the Trust.
For free downloadable fact sheets visit
Topics covered include:
- Antenatal anxiety and depression
- Postnatal anxiety and depression (available in English, Te Reo, Samoan and Chinese)
- The idealisation of motherhood
- PTSD after childbirth
- Breastfeeding and perinatal distress
- Dads and postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth during a pandemic
- Supporting Māori Whānau
- Perinatal OCD
- Social Media
- Baby Loss
- Talking to teens about perinatal distress
- Vicarious Trauma
- Supporting Transgender and Non-binary Parents
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Postpartum Psychosis
Check if you are affected by perinatal anxiety or depression
If you recognise any of these symptoms in yourself or loved one ask for help from your midwife or GP or contact us for support.
Our people are the heart Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury. Our team of 3 in the office take care of the day to day operations and are supported by the governance of our volunteer board members. Our Wellbeing Groups would not run so well without our volunteer peer supporters and childcare volunteers.
Share Your Story
Please fill in the form if you would like to share your story about perinatal mental illness with us.
All information is kept confidential and only used with your permission.
for our community is “Mentally Healthy Parents”
To encourage and support parents who are experiencing a decline in mental wellbeing relating to, or resulting from, pregnancy, childbirth and parenting within the first 2,000 days (pregnancy to 5 years).