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New Zealand websites


Depression website, part of Mental Health Foundation
www.depression.org.nz Depression website with John Kirwan


Mental Health Foundation website


Ruth DeSouza’s site,especially strong on ethnicity issues.


Good sections on mental health


Health information for New Zealanders. Only small section on PND


Regional based health & social service organisations


Auckland based postnatal psychosis support group

www.matatini.co.nz Maori mental health website

Summary of articles in psychiatric journals

www.pnd.org.nz Wellington based support group, excellent articles
www.supportingfamiliesnz.org.nz Supporting families in Mental Illness, regional supports
www.postnataldistress.org.nz Auckland based support website and groups
www.tabs.org.nz Trauma and birth stress-PTSD after childbirth


Listings of support groups in NZ
www.naturalwinding.co.nz Help parents prevent and remedy digestive issues for newborns, Canterbury regional support


International websites


An excellent Australian site with information on all aspects of parenting and children’s development. Has a section on PND.


Australian site on depression with a section on PND


Australian site on depression with a section on PND, anxiety and bipolar Disorder with very good fact sheets

www.DepNet.com.au Australian site with general information about depression
www.moodgym.anu.edu.au Personal CBT program, need to be motivated to follow it through


Produced by a self help group in Victoria, Australia with some very good articles.


The Marcé Society is an international society for the understanding, prevention and treatment of Mental illness related to child bearing There is an Australasian branch.


A Canadian site with information about the safety or risks of drugs, medications, chemicals and disease on pregnancy and during breastfeeding


US based site on the Health and development of infants, toddlers and their families.


UK site with good information on PND with good stories from women


Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK site on mental health information


UK based site


US based site providing comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder for individuals and/or their loved ones.


A US support group/network for men whose wives or partners are suffering from post natal depression.



There are a large number of books available on PND, anxiety and related conditions. These are some of the books that we have found useful.

Mother’s mental health

Title: Overcoming Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
Author: Linda Sebastian
Publisher: Addicus Books, 2003
Comments: Comprehensive guide, easy to read

Title: Postnatal Depression, families in turmoil
Author: Lara Bishop
Publisher: Halstead Press, 1999
Comments: For copies, email, larabishop@uq.net.au
Discuses her own experience with PND with advice and treatments

Title: Down Came the Rain: My Journey through Postnatal Depression.
Author: Brooke Shields
Publisher: Hyperion, 2005
Comments: Brooke Shields shares her difficult journey with PND, her great despair and suicidal thoughts. Helps with awareness of PND

Title: The Darkest Days of my Life: Stories of Postpartum Depression
Author: Natasha Mauthner
Publisher: Harvard Press, 2002
Comments: A collection of stories of women’s experiences with motherhood and PND

Title: Motherhood; Making It Work for You
Author: Jo Lamble and Sue Morris
Publisher: Finch Publishing, 2003
Comments: Help for women during motherhood

Title: Sharing the Load: How to help and support someone who is depressed
Author: Gwendoline Smith
Publisher: Random House, 2000
Comments: Good chapters on supporting someone with PND, and on fathers.

Title: Finding Hope: A journey through postnatal depression
Author: Louise Frame
Publisher: Be Innovative Ltd, 2007, NZ
Comments: Excellent story about Louise’s postnatal depression, NZ based

Depression, suitable for fathers and family

Title: Living with a Black Dog; His name is Depression
Author: Matthew Johnstone
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2006
Comments: Great pictures which capture depression, funny yet informative.
Suitable for older children as well as adults.

For medical professionals:

Title: Management of Psychiatric Disorders in Pregnancy.
Author: Kimberley A Yonkers and Bertis B Little
Publisher: Arnold Publishers, 2001

Title: Depression in New Mothers- Causes, Consequences and Treatment Alternatives
Author: Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
Publisher: Howarth Maltreatment and Trauma Press, 2005

Title: Motherhood and Mental Health
Author: Ian Brockingworth
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1996

Title: Postpartum Mood Disorders
Author: Laura J Miller
Publisher: American Psychiatric Press, 1998

Books on parenting

Title: The Social Baby: Understanding Babies’ Communication from Birth
Author: Lynne Murray and Liz Andrews
Publisher: CP Publishing, 2005
Comments: Great illustrations about the development of communication in babies

Title: The Science of Parenting
Author: Margot Sunderland
Publisher: DK Inc, 2006
Comments: Easy to read, based on scientific studies with great photographs

Title: Touchpoints: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioural Development.
Author: T Berry Brazelton
Publisher: Doubleday, 1993
Comments: Good family friendly guide looking at children’s development

Title: The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever
Author: Daniel Stern, Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern and Alison Freeland
Publisher: Basic Books, 1998
Comments: Offers valuable insight into how a woman changes, psychologically both before and after the birth of a baby


DVDs and Tapes

Title: Getting to Know You
Available as video or DVD

Made by:

Infant Mental Health Staff
New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry,
Locked Bag 7118,
Parramatta BC NSW 2150
Email: institute@nswiop.nsw.edu.au

Comment: Lovely 17 minute video, on early infant communication


Title: Hello Dad
Available as video or DVD
Made by:

Infant Mental Health Staff
New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry,
Locked Bag 7118,
Parramatta BC NSW 2150
Email: institute@nswiop.nsw.edu.au

Comment: Superb focus on infant communication with fathers

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