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Perinatal mental health services & resources

A list of perinatal mental health services - helplines, online courses and also mother baby inpatient services in Melbourne.


Please feel free to contact me if you know of any more services that should be included.

If in crisis 

Emergency Assistance

Triple zero – (000) If you feel that immediate help is needed, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department.

CATT - Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team

A CATT responds to urgent requests to help people in mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A CATT is a group of people who work together and includes mental health professionals such as psychiatric nurses, social workers, psychiatrists and psychologists, they are based in major hospitals.

 To find your local CATT team, ring your closest major public hospital or go here for mental health services in your area, or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24

Suicide Call Back Service

Provides 24 hour crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide.

1300 659 467


Lifeline Australia 13 11 14

24-hour crisis and suicide prevention support.

Beyondblue 1300 22 4636

24 hour information and support to achieve best possible mental health.

Family Violence


Information, counselling and support service for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.


Men’s Line 1300 726 306

24-hour professional telephone support, online support and information for men.


Perinatal mental health support

Head to Health – Provides a website gateway to help you to find digital online mental health resources and trusted information.

COPE  Centre of Perinatal Excellence

 A not-for-profit organisation devoted to reducing the impacts of emotional and mental health problems in the pre and postnatal periods.  This website has a directory of practitioners that support perinatal mental health.

PANDA: National Perinatal Anxiety and Depression helpline 1300 726 306

Support and information on managing anxiety and depression before and after a baby is born.


Perinatal Apps and online courses


6 online sessions designed to help women recover from postnatal depression


This Way Up – Pregnancy & Postnatal mental health programs

Baby Steps course – a free online program that aims to enhance the wellbeing of new mums and dads


Mind Mum App

Designed to assist expectant and new mothers with the emotional challenges that this time of life often brings


Pregnancy Loss/ birth trauma

Australasian Birth Trauma Association

A national charity committed to reducing the incidence and impact of birth-related trauma whilst supporting affected women, families and health professionals.


Miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support


The Pink Elephants Support Network

Support for women experiencing miscarriage and early pregnancy loss.


Red Nose

Information on safe sleeping, safe pregnancy and grief/loss support.

Perinatal psychologists


Consultations are now widely available by telehealth so there is a wider pool of perinatal psychologists Australia wide who may have availability. Try an online search with the keywords "perinatal psychologist".

The following resources may also be useful:  (offers bulk billed services)  (offers bulk billed services) (online resources and directory of relevant practitioners)

Mother & baby mental health services - Melbourne (VIC)


Specialist mother and baby units can provide a residential environment for assessment and support for mental health issues in the postnatal period.


PUBLIC Mother and baby units are located at:

  • Austin Health – Austin Hospital  1300 859 789

  • Monash Medical Centre - 03 9594 1414 

  • Werribee Mercy Hospital - 1300 657 259

  • Latrobe Regional Hospital

  • Ballarat Health Service (from late 2015)

All specialist mental health perinatal services can be accessed via their centralised access triage number. 

PRIVATE Mother and baby units are located at:

Mitcham Private Hospital

Northpark Private Hospital

Sunshine Private Hospital

Patients will need a health professional referral.

Early Parenting Centres


Early Parenting Centre services are currently provided by:

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