For those in crisis, our healthcare system can be difficult to navigate. Many women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders find it difficult to find and access appropriate resources. This very helpful list from Wendy Davis, PhD, Executive Director of Postpartum Support International, describes what the various emergency services can provide.
988 is the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. If an individual is in an immediate crisis, e.g., in imminent danger of harm to self, others, or has overdosed, they should call 911. If they have an immediate mental health crisis, they should contact 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and can provide information on prevention and crisis resources.
National Maternal Mental Health Hotline 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746): For non-crisis specialized perinatal mental health support and resources. The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline is available 24/7, in English and Spanish, and 60 other languages by request, staffed by professional counselors, and refers to specialist perinatal mental health providers. It is not a “crisis line” for individuals in imminent danger of harm to self or others. The Maternal Mental Health Hotline Counselors can transfer callers to 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, as well as to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Disaster Distress Hotline, when needed.
The Postpartum Support International Helpline 800-944-4773 is a warmline that connects callers with support volunteers and PSI resources, including support groups. Those seeking help can leave a message by voice or text in English or Spanish and the Helpline responds within a few hours, during business hours. The PSI website, www.postpartum.net, provides information and resources, including lists of mental health providers and connections to online support groups.
Other resources can be found on our RESOURCES page.