Supports for Depression and Anxiety
Supports are available to women who are experiencing anxiety or depression throughout their pregnancy and after having the baby.
Public Health Nurse
Informing our clients and our communities about the nature of postpartum depression and the supports that are available is an important practice of public health nurses.
- Public health nurses offer telephone and home visitation support to pregnant women and women with a new baby who are experiencing depression or anxiety.
- Working collaboratively with you to explore options, including what support you might need.
- Knowledgeable about community support services and working closely with you, your physician, and local community or mental health services.
- Public Health Parent/Baby Groups: Connecting with other parents of young children can often be a great support to women who have just had a new baby. There are groups available throughout Fraser Health.
To learn more, contact your local public health unit and speak with a nurse.
Family Doctor or Midwife
Connect with your family doctor or midwife to explain how you are feeling. They are available to assess and diagnose your symptoms.
They can discuss anti-depressants or other medications that are safe with breastfeeding that may help.
Doctors may also refer to additional supports such as Reproductive Mental Health in your community.
8-1-1 at HealthLink BC
A free service available 24 hours a day. You can connect with a nurse to talk about any symptoms that may be worrying you. Pharmacists are also available if you have questions about any medications you may be taking. Visit HealthLink BC to learn more.
Fraser Health Crisis Line: 604.951.8855 | 1.877.820.7444. Immediate, free, and confidential emotional support, crisis intervention and community resource information to people of all ages 24 hours a day – everyday.
Mental Health Services in Fraser Health
Mental Health services in Fraser Health are committed to providing a responsive, inclusive system of mental health and substance use care which recognizes that recovery is a deeply personal and unique process. We provide a wide range of acute and community services and contract with community agencies to provide services that complete and complement our own services.
Contact your local mental health centre in Fraser Health.
Community Support Programs and Resources
Anxiety BC for Mothers
- Anxiety BC for Mothers provides resources on how to effectively manage anxiety during the pregnancy and post-partum periods.
Pacific Postpartum Support Society
- A service that offers telephone support, weekly women support groups and support for partners
- Women can self-refer or have a referral from their doctor or midwife
- The initial intake call is an opportunity for women to learn if the service is right for them
- Call 604.255.7999 or check out www.postpartum.org to learn more
Here to Help
- HeretoHelp is a website resource form the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information
- They offer supports for preventing and managing postpartum depression
- Postpartum depression Fact Sheet
- Coping With Depression in Pregnancy Workbook: Basic information for women and their health care providers, as well as advice on getting help, making changes, and relapse prevention.
BC Reproductive Mental Health
- BC Reproductive Mental Health Program is based out of BC Women’s hospital, this program offers support for women and their families experiencing emotional difficulties related to pregnancy, pregnancy loss, postpartum depression, infertility, premenstrual disorders and menopause.
- Coping with Anxiety during Pregnancy and following the Birth Workbook: A cognitive behaviour therapy-based self-management guide for women and healthcare providers
Fraser Reproductive Mental Health Program