Support Groups in your Area


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The Maternal Mental Health Strategy: Building Capacity in Saskatchewan project is improving awareness, developing support services, and has made policy recommendations for women who suffer from depression during PREGNANCY and POSTPARTUM.  The website has  supports available in each region  of Saskatchewan, as well as a screening tool to determine if you are depressed or not - during pregnancy and after baby.  There are also tips on how to take care of YOU!  Know that it is YOU that will make a difference in our province when you complete the questionnaire/screen ( Edinburgh Post-Natal Scale ) and give it to your doctor to assess!!  Ensure to provide your health care practitioner with the CARE GUIDE that is attached, as well as the table of supports within our province so that he/she may care for and refer you, appropriately!

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MOOSE JAW, SK

MJ PPD Support Group
Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
YMCA Strong Start Family Centre (679 Hall St W.)
There is also childcare provided.
Facilitator:  Robin Macfarlane
 [email protected]

Moose Jaw Mental Health and Addictions Services
455 Fairford Street East
Moose Jaw
, SK S6H 1H3

(306)691-6464

Canadian Mental Health Association - Moose Jaw Branch
Donna Bowyer, Program Director
261 High Street West
Moose Jaw, SK S6H 1S7
306 692-4240, Fax 306 693-7479
[email protected]

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REGINA, SK

YMCA of Regina
Sally Elliott
2400 - 13th Avenue
Regina, SK S4P 0V9
(306) 757.9622 ext 242
 
Canadian Mental Health Association - Saskatchewan Division

2702 - 12th Ave

Regina, SK S4T 1J2

Phone Toll Free: 1-800-461-5483


Regina Mental Health Clinic

Mental Health Clinic
3rd floor, 2110 Hamilton Street

Regina, SK S4P 2E3

(306) 766-7800


Four Directions Community Health Centre

3510 5th Avenue
Regina, SK S4T 0M2
(306) 766-7540


Aboriginal Canada Portal

Excellent links to health centres in the city.

 
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SASKATOON, SK

Saskatoon Mental Health Services
715 Queen Street
Saskatoon, Sask. S0K 2T0
Centralized Intake
(306) 655-7950

For more information about the Saskatoon Postpartum Depression Support Group contact:

Intake facilitator
Telephone: (306) 221-6806
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Acclimation Postpartum Support
Women experiencing postpartum depression are encouraged to attend this support group. Lead by a member of Postpartum Support International (www.postpartum.net), this mom-to-mom peer group is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. We also work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need to recover. You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.  Please pre-register for your first visit with Cherie at [email protected] and visit us @ Acclimation Postpartum Support on Facebook.   We meet Tuesday mornings at 10- 11:30 am at Birth Rhythms Pregnancy and Parenting Health Centre -  #3-505 23rd St. E., Saskatoon, SK.  $5 drop in (suggested donation)

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WEYBURN, SK

Smiles & Tears
24 - 4th Street, Weyburn, Sask, S4H 0X7
(306) 842 - 7477   

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ALBERTA

Families Matter ~ Calgary, AB
At Families Matter, we create learning opportunities for families.  You will learn and practice new skills, tap into resources, and develop new ideas about what’s possible.  You’ll expand your community and gain access to people with similar backgrounds and life experiences.  The continue to strive to aid as many families in need of assistance as possible. We have written a manual, "Postpartum Support Model 2009: A Guide for Organizers and Facilitators" which we hope will assist our colleagues in starting, continuing, or just giving food for thought regarding postpartum difficulties.

Stony Plain, Alberta
Postpartum Depression Support Group
Register with Westview Public Health Nursing
(780) 968-3700

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CASTLEGAR, BC

The Mom's Support Group of Castlegar Community Services

Contact Sandi McCreight at (250) 365-7678

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ONTARIO

Mississauga East Postpartum Mood Disorder Support Group: Dixie Bloor Neighborhood Centre located at Tomken South Senior Public School, 3160 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Phone: (905) 276-6392 will now offer their PMD Support Group on Monday afternoons from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. 

Monica Irwin RN, BScN
Postpartum Mood Disorder Specialist
Family Health-Child Health
Health Services-Peel Public Health
10 Peel Centre Dr. Suite B
PO Box 2009, STN B
Brampton ON L6T OE5
905-791-7800 ext.2650
[email protected]
www.pmdinpeel.ca

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To find support groups in your town or city, call or search online for your:

Family/Child Resource Centre(s)
Canadian Mental Health Office
YMCA or YWCA
Public Health Office
local Hospital
Doctor (You may have to ask for a PPD Specialist)
Clinical Psychologist

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Visit the following sites for additional online help:
Get Help - Canada
Postpartum Depression Help

SK Maternal Mental Health Strategy

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If there is no such group in your area and there's interest to create a group ... contact us at [email protected] and we will work together to start that group right up!!  NOTE:  Sometimes, all it takes is one person connecting with another and talking.  You don't have to have a formal gathering each week in a special room with a facilitator.  You can have informal gatherings at someone's home or a coffee shop or a park where everyone has their time to share their story in a comfortable, caring and safe environment.  The second step is to use the power of your group to move forward by sharing tips and techniques on how you all may improve your situation so you may be that confident Mom for your child!  Much success dear friends ~ XO