Halton is a caring, compassionate community and we are committed to enhancing the health and well-being of all residents through our programs and services. We promote good mental health by partnering with local organizations to provide essential services and supports needed to achieve the best possible health for all, including parents adjusting to the arrival of their new child.
Perinatal mood disorders (PMD), including depression and anxiety, can affect both women and men during pregnancy and following birth. The biggest obstacle to seeking help is the stigma associated with mental illness. It is only by talking openly about PMD and all mental illnesses that we can raise awareness of the signs and symptoms, and reduce the stigma so that all women and their partners get the help they need.
Connecting those at risk with the services and supports they need is essential to mental health recovery. If you or someone you know needs help, you can visit halton.ca to find:
- trusted, online mental health information and resources on a wide variety of mental health topics, including PMD;
- information on Perinatal Mood Disorders Peer Support Groups in Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville;
- HaltonParents blogs related to PMD: My Unexpected Battle with Postpartum Depression and Through the lens of depression: my marriage, pregnancy, and a high-needs baby;
- HaltonParents ebulletin registration, which provides you with age-appropriate quality, research-based information to help you in your everyday life as a parent (from birth to transition to school);
- information about the North Halton Mental Health Clinic. The clinic offers free, confidential community-based psychiatric assessment, treatment, and counselling in Milton, Georgetown and Acton; and
- PMD information and resources for physicians.
Alternatively, you can speak directly with a public health nurse, simply by dialing 311.
If you are interested in learning more about the many ways Halton Region supports good mental health in the community, please read my blog from November 30, 2015.
Our dedicated staff continue to work with our community partners and volunteers to help support good mental health for everyone and ensure that Halton Region remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
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