There are many services, programs and resources for parents and parents expecting a baby, who are experiencing mental health issues.
Get help now
If you need to talk to someone immediately, the Mental Health Line is open 24/7 on 1800 011 511.
Other telephone crisis services are also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If someone has attempted, or is at immediate risk of attempting to harm themselves or someone else, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Or go to a hospital emergency department, where they may refer you to a mental health service.
Mental health support services
Whether you are a parent or are going to be one, the following resources can help you, your partner or your child.
Support services for perinatal and postnatal depression and anxiety - is a list of mental health support services for parents and parents-to-be.
Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Services (PIMHS) - a free, statewide service that helps women and parents who have, or are at risk of, severe mental illness and are pregnant or have a child under the age of two.
A guide for dads: Caring for your family during perinatal mental health issues - a resource for fathers whose partners are being treated for perinatal mental illness at a hospital or health facility, with information that includes:
- how to get help and support
- how to give support
- how to take care of your baby.