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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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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About Us

Our Vision

for our community is “Mentally Healthy Parents”

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).

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Perinatal Mental Illness

Around 25% of women will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy or after the birth of their child.

Perinatal mental illness can occur regardless of age, religion, ethnic group or number of previous pregnancies.

Parents often feel they are the only ones who feel like this and that they are failing or are a bad parent.… Read more

Perinatal Depression in Fathers

Perinatal depression and anxiety are not mother only disorders.

1 in 10 fathers will experience depression and anxiety after a child is born. 1 in 20 will experience depression and anxiety during their partner’s pregnancy.

Risk Factors

  • A partner with perinatal mental illness
  • A history of depression or anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship problems
  • Lack of support


  • Tiredness, headaches and pain
  • Irritability, anxiety and anger
  • Loss of libido
  • Changes in appetite
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed, out of control and unable to cope
  • Increased risk taking
  • Changes to sleep patterns, especially a lack of sleep
  • Feelings of isolation and disconnection from partner, friends or family
  • Increased hours of work as a part of the withdrawal from family
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol instead of seeking treatment for depression.
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Words from people we have supported

"I can honestly say nothing helped as much as the completely non-judgemental, unconditional care and support that I found through the Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury groups"
"I felt supported by the easy availability while on the PNAP waiting list.
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