You and your wife, partner or girlfriend may need to speak to more than one health professional.
There may be a lot of medical words that you don’t understand. That’s okay, don’t feel you should know everything.
Health staff are happy to help, so if you don’t understand something, please ask.
These are some questions you may want to ask of health staff.
A mental health worker can be a psychologist, nurse, social worker or occupational therapist.
Peer support workers are people who have had mental illness and are now part of the mental health team. You can talk to them about what it is like struggling with perinatal distress.
If your partner gets admitted to hospital, these are some things you should think about.
Although this resource is aimed at dads, the information is helpful for all new parents and carers regardless of gender, who are coping with perinatal mental illness.