About postnatal psychosis
Postnatal psychosis affects 1 -2 women in every 1000 after childbirth.
Postnatal psychosis is a serious but treatable mental illness.
It is a potentially life-threatening condition that can put both mother and baby at risk.
Women with postnatal psychosis will almost always need admission to hospital for specialised psychiatric assessment, care and treatment. After the immediate treatment period, ongoing support is needed during the recovery process.
Mental health checklist
How are you going?
Everyone’s experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting is unique and brings different rewards and challenges. Our mental health checklist can help you to see if what you’re experiencing or observing in a loved one could be reason to seek help.
Find someone to talk to, Mon to Fri, 9am - 7.30pm AEST/AEDT
1300 726 306
Call 000 for police and ambulance if you or someone else are in immediate danger
Talk with friends or family
Consider talking about how you are feeling with someone you trust. This might be a friend or family member. Once you starting talking you might be surprised at how many others have had similar experiences and the support they can provide you.
Talk with your doctor
Talking with your doctor can be an important step to getting the help you need. They should be able to give you non-judgemental support, assessment, diagnosis, and ongoing care and treatment. They can also refer you to specialists such as a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist.
Get help now
If you are having suicidal thoughts or are feeling disorientated it’s important to get help immediately. PANDA is not a crisis service, if you need immediate support call Lifeline 13 11 14 (24/7).