Resources for Perinatal Mental Health

One in five pregnant or postpartum people has a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder. Depression is the most common complication related to childbearing. We know that depression and other perinatal mental health conditions can negatively affect health outcomes for all family members.

However, screening for these issues is not always part of routine perinatal care.

Screening Protocol

Increased screening can help providers and patients identify mental health concerns and connect families to prevention and treatment. In collaboration with perinatal care providers across Montana, HMHB facilitated the creation of  a screening protocol, which helps providers:

  • Choose validated screening tools
  • Establish a screening workflow
  • Discuss mental health with patients
  • Make appropriate referrals to local services
  • Develop a screening schedule

As screening for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders becomes more common, the need to know where to go for treatment, support, and healing grows as well.

Vetted Resource Guide

We greatly value our current network of support. We are also active in growing a workforce that is equipped with the specific training, skills, and experience required to effectively serve those who need support during this special time in life—becoming parents.

This toolkit (link coming soon) aims to assist those groups who are wanting to build a list of their community’s perinatal mental health and support specialists. We hope you can learn from the experiences of others who have successfully created a list for the families and providers in their area. This toolkit offers:

  • Points of consideration
  • An example of criteria that could be adopted to create a “vetted” guide
  • Content to populate an online form for outreach and recruitment efforts
  • Resources and other referral lists for inspiration
  • Designed template for your use

Download our templates and fill them in with your own local resources. We have also created an infographic about PMADs that can help you build awareness in your community before you start collecting resources.

Two-Pager with Fillable Resources

One-Pager Infographic

More Information on Mental Health

Attend the annual conference dedicated to the topic of perinatal mental health.

See our guidance to parents about mental health.