PSI would not exist without the dedication and caring of its volunteers! There are many ways to help and volunteer with PSI, and we would love to have you join us!
HelpLine Volunteers serve as the bridge between the families who need support during perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) and our volunteer Support Coordinators and other local and international resources.
PSI has two teams of HelpLine volunteers – English and Spanish – that respond to calls and texts from moms, dads, grandparents, and others, seven days a week. PSI provides training and support for all of our volunteers.
English HelpLine Volunteers are responsible for one weekly 3-hour shift. During your shift, you will answer texts and/or return voicemails and provide a listening ear, reassurance, and information to our help seekers, along with connecting them with a local PSI volunteer Support Coordinator. You will need access to a tablet or desktop computer during your shift in order to access the software and phone system used by the PSI HelpLine.
Once you have completed the application (links below), we will keep your information on file and will contact you prior to our next training session. If you have any questions, please contact PSI’s HelpLine Manager, Tunisia Evans, at email@example.com. We look forward to supporting you in your desire to volunteer with the families we serve.
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Support Coordinators serve as the bridge between resources and families who need support when facing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). The assistance they provide can help completely change the path of a struggling parent’s healing journey. Click here for more information.
As a PSI Support Coordinator, responsibilities include:
- provide education, empathy, and resource referrals to those who reach out for help in your area.
- make contact, within 24 hours, with help seekers who reach out.
- provide help seekers with at least two resource referrals (when possible).
- become familiar with local resources to provide the best referrals for those seeking assistance.
- utilize our database, iCarol, to ensure timely responses and coordinated help.
PSI offers support, information, and resources to parents experiencing a wide range of conditions, roles and risk factors for PMADs, through our Specialized Coordinators. These volunteers work in conjunction with local PSI Support Coordinators to offer support and resources. A list of our Specialized Coordinator offerings is found here.
If you are interested in joining us, once you have completed the application linked below, PSI will notify you about the next steps. If you have any questions, please contact PSI’s Support Coordinator Manager for the US and Canada, Melissa Bentley at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to supporting you, in your desire to volunteer with the families we serve.
Peer Mentor Program
The Peer Mentor Program pairs moms, as well as dads, in need of support with a trained volunteer who has also experienced and fully recovered from a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMADs). Establishing a one-to-one connection with someone who has journeyed through a PMAD offers invaluable insight, encouragement, and hope.
Through weekly communication over the course of six-months our Peers and Mentors build a strong relationship that removes isolation, provides education, and breaks down stigma. Peers and Mentors are thoughtfully matched. Perinatal experiences, family context and other individual nuances are all considered to create a safe peer-to-peer environment that fosters trust, support, and connection.
If you’ve fully recovered from your PMAD (recovered for at least one year) and would like to join us as a Mentor, please fill out the application below.
PSI Online Support Group Facilitator
Postpartum Support International considers volunteer support group facilitators on an ongoing basis and based on need. We encourage people with the following qualifications and experiences to apply:
Can commit to a minimum of one year of volunteering.
Can attend approximately 3 hours of observing and 2 hours of initial training.
Can volunteer a minimum of once a month to facilitate groups that are 90 minutes in duration.
Has a stable and reliable internet connection
Is at least a year post-recovery from a PMAD
Has lived/personal experience with one or more of our support group topics. You can find a complete list of our groups here. (https://www.postpartum.net/get-help/psi-online-support-meetings/) OR is a licensed healthcare professional who has special training in PMADs or a related area. The PSI 2-Day Components of Care would meet this requirement as well.
For questions, please reach out to the Support Groups Program Manager, Megan Roberts, at email@example.com.
PSI State Chapters
PSI State Chapters are often looking for new board members, or individuals to become members at local the local level. PSI State Chapters advance the mission of PSI on the state level and help to build systems that support families while also increasing access to education and treatment for perinatal mental health.
Chapter leaders work to raise awareness, create resources, and advocate for change. Several State Chapters are currently recruiting board members, shown below, or click here to visit your local chapter page.
Climb out of the Darkness
The Climb is a community walk and international fundraiser for survivors, providers, and members of the community to come together.
Raising awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, The Climb brings our community together to shine a light on a darkness we often don’t speak about. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the most common complication of childbearing.
For information about the Climb out of the Darkness, please click here.
To receive information about becoming a Climb Leader for 2023, please click here.
Additional Volunteer Roles
In addition to the valuable volunteer roles described in the sections above, we have these volunteer opportunities: