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Office of Mental Health

Help for Maternal Depression

A Message from the Commissioner:

Between 15 and 20 percent of all women experience some form of pregnancy-related depression or anxiety. It could include prenatal depression, the "baby blues," postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. But the good news is, maternal depression is treatable.

Under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State is working to expand its resources for pregnant women and new mothers who experience any degree of Maternal Depression. While the Office of Mental Health works on this initiative, we wanted to ensure that every mother, and their loved ones, have access to the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available on maternal depression, including a list of providers who specialize in this area.

Please take a moment to click through the resources below. If you have any questions or would like someone to talk to, call NYS’s Prenatal Care hotline: 1-800-522-5006 (TTY 1-800-655-1789). We are here to help.

-Commissioner Ann Sullivan

 


 

Resources:

NYS Department of Health Leaving OMH site

New York’s Department of Health offers information for moms-to-be, new parents and healthcare providers.

Mom’s Mental Health Matters

Depression and anxiety can happen during pregnancy or after birth. This site offers resources for moms-to-be and new moms as well as partners, family and friends. Learn the signs and how to get help.

Postpartum Resource Center of New York Leaving OMH site

The Postpartum Resource Center of New York offers support and education around perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This site includes a state-wide resource directory with an interactive search function to find the help you need.

Postpartum Support International Leaving OMH site

PSI offers a range of resources including educational brochures, live chat with experts, and tools for pregnant women and new moms. There is also a special section just for new dads and partners.

US Office of Women’s Health

Information about pre- and postnatal depression; what it is, how it’s treated and where to get help

Emergency Resources:

If a woman is thinking about harming herself or her infant, help is needed immediately. If there is imminent danger to someone's life, call 911.

For women in crisis who need help, hotlines are available as resources for both health care providers and families:

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Parental Stress Hotline – Help for Parents: 1-800-632-8188
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “Got5’ to 741741
  • New York State Suicide Prevention