PSI was established by the participants of this meeting, including representatives from the Pacific Post Partum Support Society in Vancouver, Canada, Postpartum Education for Parents in Santa Barbara, California, the Post and Ante Natal Depression Association in Melbourne, Australia, and Depression After Delivery in New Jersey.
The mission of promoting awareness, prevention, and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing was created by this global network of individuals and organizations. Since its founding, PSI’s vision has been to establish a postpartum parent support network in every community worldwide.
The first Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation established the organization as a legal nonprofit in 1989. The concept of local state, province, and country coordinators was designed as a support and referral network to link a caller to the PSI Office back into that individual’s own community. Since then, thousands of requests for support and information have been fielded by the home office of PSI, our 1-800-944-4PPD warmline, and through the website.
The PSI website www.postpartum.net was established during the 1990s with help from Indiana University in Pennsylvania. Hundreds of thousands of people looking for information, referral and support have since visited the site, which was the first website to focus specifically on postpartum mental health.