About Us

Our Mission

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).

Our Vision

To have a community of Mentally Healthy Parents.

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Volunteer With Us

Thanks for your interest in working with us to support parents.

We couldn’t do it without our amazing volunteers.

We’ll contact you within a week to get the ball rolling.
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Our Services

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. 

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Video Gallery

PADA Videos

PADA (Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Aotearoa) have made a series of videos sharing different experiences of perinatal mental illness.

PADA stories Playlist

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.

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Useful Resources

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.
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Get Involved

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.

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Fact Sheets

For free downloadable fact sheets visit

PADA – Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa


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.

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Our People

Our people are the heart Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury. Our small part-time team 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.

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