Free Help for Brisbane Women with Postnatal Depression
Are you or someone you know experiencing prenatal or postnatal depression? For the first time in Australia, free support is being offered to Brisbane mums via QUT Health Clinics, in partnership with The White Cloud Foundation.
The service is open to the public so that mums and mums-to-be can access a multidisciplinary team consisting of a psychologist, exercise physiologist, nurse, social worker and dietitian from the clinic located at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus.
What are the symptoms of post natal depression?
Despite what the advertisers of baby products tell us, motherhood is not always easy, and it is not always enjoyable. For some women, there are more dark days than joyful ones and it can feel confusing and frightening.
The signs of postnatal depression are similar to general depression and may include feelings of unhappiness, poor appetite, loss of libido, insomnia and low self-esteem.
Other symptoms common to the condition are feelings of guilt, anxiety, tiredness and loss of interest in normal activities. You could also be suffering from impaired concentration or memory, over concern or not enough concern for your baby.
If these symptoms are persisting for more than two weeks, it is important to seek help and treatment from your GP, or from the QUT Health Clinic.
Treating post natal depression at Brisbane QUT Health Clinics
QUT’s Professor Ross Young said this service was unique because it provided women with treatment from five health care professionals, at the one site and in a coordinated manner.
“We all know that there is usually more than one thing that can be done to help depression,” he said.
“But current methods rely on the patient to almost case manage themselves between multiple professionals.”
Professor Young said women would be offered an initial consultation and provided with a tailored treatment plan recommending strategies to help them cope day-to-day, and deal with the early stages of depression.
“This will be followed by two review sessions where health professionals will monitor the person’s progress and refer them to one-on-one appointments if necessary,” he said.
Your recovery from Post Natal Depression as a Brisbane Mum
Professor Young said depression and anxiety were common, and women were more at risk of experiencing episodes of “low mood” with the arrival of a new baby.
“It is difficult to take the first step but early support is critical for the prevention of pre and post natal depression,” he said.
“Throughout the treatment process there is also the opportunity for the mother’s family or support network to communicate with the team to gain strategies themselves to help provide further support.”
No students will be involved in the program, and women unable to attend the Kelvin Grove clinic can arrange virtual sessions via Skype.
The clinic is also suitable for those with a history of prenatal and post natal depression or trauma during pregnancy or post birth.
For more information, or to make a booking, call the QUT Health Clinics on 07 3138 0999.