Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Helen Mayo House

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Helen Mayo House

Information on Helen Mayo House Services

This website contains information about the services provided at HMH. It also provides some practical information for parents and families who may be thinking about coming to HMH. Information is also provided for medical practitioners or mental health clinicians who would like to make a referral to HMH. 

Helen Mayo House (HMH) is a State-wide acute mother-baby unit which admits parents (usually mothers) and their children 2 years of age or younger, if the parent needs treatment for mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or psychosis following childbirth.

Information for Parents and Families:

PDF iconInformation for Parents and Families  (May 2018)

 WCH page link iconClick here for information on alternative support services for parents and families

Information for Service Providers

Click here for WCH page link iconInformation for Service Providers including the referral process, referral form and further information on Helen Mayo House services.


226 Fullarton Road               PDF iconLocation Map - May 2018
Glenside SA

Mailing Address:

Helen Mayo House
PO Box 17
Fullarton, SA 5065


(08) 7087 1030                     Fax:   (08) 7087 1060


anne.svedwilliams@sa.gov.au  or  sue.ellershaw@sa.gov.au

Opening hours:

Inpatient Services - 24 hours, 7 days per week

Telephone Counselling

Helen Mayo House does not have a dedicated counselling line; however, nursing staff are on duty 24 hours, seven days a week and are able to take phone calls to provide support to prospective parents and their families.

Local telephone: 7087 1030 or 708 71031

Toll Free: 1800 18 22 32 for country callers and ask for Helen Mayo House

Beyondblue ph: 1300 224 636

Post and Ante Natal Depression Association (PANDA) ph: 1300 726 306

WCH page link iconClick here for information on alternative support services for parents and families

WCH page link iconAcorn Group - Click on the link for further information. The Acorn group supports parents of infants aged 0 - 3 years of age. Acorn is structured to strengthen the parent-infant relationship through experiences of shared play, music and movement and some dedicated parent only time for reflection.

Information and Publications

Link iconMeltdown Moments  (May 2018)  The book will be valuable to anyone living in a family with meltdowns and also to those working in educational settings who can use this book as a starting point for discussions about family emotions.

PDF iconPuerperal Psychosis - Information for Families

PDF icon"A Carers Survival Guide" by Craig Allat (father and carer) October 2011

PDF iconPost Natal Depression – Information for Consumers

Helen Mayo House staff have written two children's books dealing with post-natal depression and severe mental illness.

Jake's Dinosaurs is a picture storybook written especially for children whose mothers have developed problems with their mental health. In reading the picture storybook together, families with children in such a situation can explore the issues together. The author, Anne Sved Williams, is a consultant psychiatrist who is the Director of Helen Mayo House. The book is illustrated by renowned Australian children's book illustrator, John Siow.

Robby Rose and Monkey is a delightful, whimsical story about post-natal depression woven around the life of Monkey, Robby's toy friend. Through Monkey, and with gentle humour, the story explores Robby's response to a new baby and an unwell mother. The author, Andrea Louis, is a clinical psychologist specialising in post-natal depression and parent child interaction. The book is illustrated by renowned Australian children's book illustrator, John Siow.

To order either of these publications at a cost of $A15 plus postage and packaging please contact Helen Mayo House or e-mail Anne Sved Williams at anne.svedwilliams@health.sa.gov.au

Educational Services for Community Groups or Health Organisations

Helen Mayo staff are involved in the provision of education regarding postnatal psychiatric illness. With forward planning, most staff members are available for in-service lectures, group discussions etc for health organisations or community groups.

A telephone advice service is available for people seeking up to date information about community supports for postnatal depression, reading material, information about drugs for postnatal psychiatric problems in pregnancy and with breastfeeding.

Helen Mayo House staff also run an annual conference on issues associated with postnatal psychiatric illness and mother-infant mental health.

For more information please phone (08) 7087 1047 9.00a.m.-5.00p.m. Monday - Friday.

Community Support Services

Helen Mayo staff are able to attend postnatal depression support groups, either for specific educational input or to provide regular support.

Staff conduct occasional seminars on telephone counselling to the South Australian self-help support group for postnatal depression, Overcoming Post-Natal Depression (OPND).

last modified: 06 Jun 2018