Perinatal Mental Health
Are you, or someone you know, feeling overwhelmed, worried or sad either during pregnancy or soon after the birth of a baby? If so, this could be Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD). PMD is very common – one in six women and one in ten men experience it as new parents. However, help is at hand, because Karitane has a great wealth of experience helping women in this situation!
A visit to Jade House is the start of your journey to recovery. Here you will feel welcome, supported and able to share your feelings with our team. Our team are qualified in Perinatal Mental Health, have lots of experience and want to help families like yours. We’ll support you for as long as it takes.
What to Expect
When we have your referral, we’ll give you a call, talk about how you are and arrange a time for you to come and see us.
When you come in, first we’ll make you feel at home and introduce you to the facilities. Then one of our team will meet with you to understand your needs and work out which services are most appropriate.
From this point on you’ll be invited to visit us regularly, usually once a week. When you visit will depend on the services you wish to access. Over the next few weeks or months, however long it takes, the team will support you until you feel ready to move on from our care. Our staff include Registered Nurses with specialist qualifications, Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists.
For a preview of our facilities see the pictures below.
- Opening Hours: Jade House is open from 8:30 to 5:00 Monday to Friday.
- Cost: There is no cost for this service.
In the video, Leanne, a Jade House client and Ann, Jade House manager, are interviewed by Ita Buttrose and Jessica Rowe on Channel 10’s “Studio 10″. Leanne describes her experience with perinatal depression and anxiety, and the help provided to her by Jade House.
How to Access Jade House
Check that you meet the following criteria:
- You live in the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) as shown in the map below.
- You are either pregnant or have a child aged up to 12 months.
- You and your child/ren must be well during your stay for the program to be effective.
You then need a referral from your doctor or a Child and Family Health Nurse. They need to complete a Karitane Referral. You can find a Child and Family Health Nurse at a Child and Family Health Centre – to find one, contact HealthDirect on 1800 022 222.
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The following programs are provided at Jade House (Carramar or Camden):
- Individual and couple supportive therapy
- Sessional psychiatric services
- Day stay
- Parentcraft & child development information
- Mother, Infant Therapy Groups
- Sing and Grow
- Prescription and monitoring of medications if required
Day Stay. At Jade House you have access to our Day Stay facility, which provides support and education for sleep and settling, feeding, toddler management and nutrition. If you are sleep deprived, we can provide a bed for you to sleep in while your baby sleeps nearby.
“Sing and Grow”. You are welcome to attend this Friday morning music therapy session. Parents usually come for an hour, once a week for 10 weeks. We use percussion instruments, drums, ribbons, balls and parachutes, along with singing known and new songs. The aim is to increase positive interactions between parents and their children, enhance child development, build social support networks and increase parents’ confidence to use music as play at home. Children love it! See the video below for taste of what Sing and Grow is like.
Here are some testimonials from parents who have been to Karitane Jade House:
“Thankyou so much for turning the light on and bringing me out of the darkness…Lisa”
“Thank you all so much for your support during my time at Jade House this year. I have felt very welcomed…I want to thank everyone for their care and support during a tough time. I couldn’t have asked for more understanding and I was very touched…Kate”
“Thankyou so much for all of your support, advice and reassurance over the last 9 or so months…Nicole”