Using the Internet to Find Health Information
The Internet can be a good source of information on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. You can find research results, stories from survivors and much more. And every day, more information becomes available.
While having access to information on the Internet is a good thing, there is one important drawback – the often unknown reliability of the information. So how can you be sure you’re getting the best information possible? Outside of a website referral from a trusted source, the best way to be sure that the content of a site is correct and up-to-date is to rely on a few well-known, trusted websites. The ones we have listed below are sites that are carefully moderated and offer trusted information.
Scroll down to find resources for Moms and Families, Blogs by Survivors and Advocates, For Dads, Partners, and Friends, for Professionals, Specialized Treatment Centers, Foundations, and Multi-Language Resources.
For Parents & Families
- PSI Closed Facebook Group
- PSI Weekly Online Support Groups
- Caring Baby Nurses PPD Guide
- MGH Women’s Mental Health Center
- Action on Postpartum Psychosis Forum
- Infant Risk Center: evidence-based information and guidance about the safety or risk of medication in pregnancy and lactation
- Mental Health America: A leading nonprofit on mental health, this links to their postpartum depression fact sheet.
- Maternal & Child Health Library (MCH): The MCH Library, compiled by Georgetown University, houses a collection of historical documents and reports related to maternal and child health in the United States and health services for children and families.
- National Institute of Mental Health: Link to the National Institute of Mental Health section on mental illness and women
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org
- Northwestern Family Institute: Supporting the Physical and Mental Health of New and Expectant Black Mothers
For Partners, Families, & Friends
- Boot Camp for New Dads: Boot Camp for New Dads is a unique father-to-father, community-based workshop that inspires and equips men to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates and personally navigate their transformation into dads.
- Mayo Clinic: “Supporting A Friend or Family Member with Depression
- Anxiety &Depression Association of America
- American Psychological Association: “Depression and How Psychotherapy and Other Treatments Can Help People Recover”
- 2020 Mom Project: The 2020 Mom Project is a national call to action that sets forth an aggressive new path for solving what some have called one of the biggest public health concerns of our time: the silent maternal mental health crisis which impacts up to 20% of expecting and new moms. The project seeks to bring about change by the year 2020.
- Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Women’s Mental Health Center Library: The MGH Library on Women’s Mental Health is a repository of useful information and frequently referenced articles compiled into different specialty areas, including psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum.
- SAMHSA Toolkit:“Depression in Mothers: More Than The Blues / A Toolkit For Family Service Providers“
- North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics & Gynecology (NASPOG): NASPOG is a society of researchers, clinicians, educators and scientists involved in women’s mental health and healthcare. Formed in the 1960s as a collaboration among obstetrician gynecologists, psychiatrists and psychologists, the society’s aim is to foster scholarly scientific and clinical study of the biopsychosocial aspects of obstetric and gynecologic medicine.
- Marce Society: The Marce Society promotes, facilitates and communicates about research into all aspects of the mental health of women, their infants and partners around the time of childbirth. This involves a broad range of research activities ranging from basic science to health services research.
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN): AWHONN’s section on postpartum depression includes information on legislative advocacy as well as practice resources and a link to the organization’s position paper “The Role of the Nurse in Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders.”
- Mental Health America: Maternal Depression-Making a Difference Through Community Action: A Planning Guide
Specialized Treatment Centers
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Resources in Other Languages
- Spanish: Links and Materials
Medline Plus Postpartum Depression Resources: Postpartum Depression Information in 15 languages, included Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Somali
- Maternal & Child Health Library, Non-English Language Resources
- University of California, San Francisco, Depression Prevention Course (Muñoz): Workbooks available in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, English
- Here to Help: British Columbia Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Publications available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Vietnamese
- International Marce Society