*Disclaimer* This is not medical advice. This is just what I wish we could have found when we were in a crises to know what to do and what to expect.
If you are in immediate help go to the ER, call your physicians or call the Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Or text HOME to 741741 anywhere in the US, anytime, for anytime of crisis
- Finding Help
If you are in need of help contact your physician, OBGYN, midwife, or therapist. You may also go to Postpartum Support International to search for local resources or reach out to PSI and they will tell you of your local resources. (PSI website in espanol)
Please note PSI has a non-emergency helpline. They will return calls as soon as possible, usually 2-3 hours.
For English, call (800) 944-4PPD or text (503) 849-9453, extension 2
For Spanish, call (800) 944-4PPD or text (941) 420-0294, extension 1
In some cases medication is a necessary tool in healing. Your physician may be able to handle this but there are situations that a psychiatrist will need to be involved. Your Dr. will be able access if you’ll need to bring a psychiatrist onto your medical team.
- Find a therapist
If you are not working with a therapist find a local therapist who is specialized in postpartum mental health. Having a therapist who is trained to handle your specific situation is critical.
In severe cases your medical team may suggest hospitalization. They are suggesting this because they feel like they need to insure your safety and get you immediate help. This is the best way to insure both those things.
- Father Support
PSI Dad’s Chat with an expert on first Monday of every month at 8:00 pm Eastern time. Chat number 1-800-944-8766 Participant Code 73162
Additional resources for Fathers. PostpartumDads, PSI father resources, and Father Mental Health.
- Resources For People of Color
A program within PSI, Perinatal Mental Health Alliance For People of Color (PMHA) There is also a Facebook Group.
Most importantly do not stay silent. Advocate for yourself or have a family member, support membe do so until you get the help you need to heal.