Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Services (PIMHS) - 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.
PIMHS - 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 Service Providers
Click here for further Information for Service Providers including the referral process, referral form and further information on Helen Mayo House services.
Information for Parents and Families:
Helen Mayo House does not have a dedicated counselling line. During the hours of 8:30am to 7pm, the PANDA advice line on 1300 726 306 is the best point of contact for immediate help, counselling and advice about a woman's mental health around the time of having babies and until her infant is one year old.
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 if there is a crisis during the times that PANDA are not available. PANDA are also able to answer queries by emailing them on firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get back to you in their working hours.
Information and Publications
Helen Mayo House staff have written three children's books dealing with parents' mental health problems, each with a different focus. More information and links to ordering these books can be accessed by clicking this link or read a little more here.
Certificate in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Educational Services for Community Groups or Health Organisations
PIMHS – Helen Mayo House staff are involved in the provision of education regarding perinatal psychiatric illness. With forward planning, most staff members are available for in-service lectures, group discussions etc for health organisations or community groups.
PIMHS – Helen Mayo House staff also run an annual conference on issues associated with perinatal psychiatric illness and infant mental health.
For more information please phone (08) 7087 1047 between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday – Friday.
2018 Helen Mayo House conference wrap-up
The Annual Helen Mayo House Conference was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 23 November 2018, with a theme of "Trauma in Perinatal Families".
In its 25th year, the conference was a great success with more than 350 registrants, including some who had travelled from interstate.
The day was opened by the Hon. Stephen Wade, Minister for Health and Wellbeing, with Welcome to Country performed by Kaurna representative Patricia Agius.
Dr Wendy Bunston, author of Helping Babies to Heal after Family Violence delivered the first keynote speech of the morning plenary, focusing on the under-researched experience and needs of infants in domestic violence refuges.
Glenise Coulthard, a proud Adnyamathanha woman and manager of Aboriginal Health Services at Port Augusta Hospital, gave a moving account of her own family's stories of trauma and resilience.
The conference included many enriching workshops. including discussions about Helen Mayo House's program for mothers with borderline personality disorder, working with families where infants have experienced medical trauma and/or disability, talking to mothers about perinatal mental health problems, and an introduction to a parenting therapy approach for helping fostered or traumatised infants known as Attachment and Biobehavioural Catch-up (ABC).
The afternoon plenary focused on mothers, with midwife researcher Julia Dalton from the Lyell McEwin Hospital and Robinson Research Institute sharing insights about anxiety in pregnancy, and sexual health physician Dr Tonia Mezzini providing clear guidance on the often-neglected topic of sexual intimacy after childbirth.
Another highlight was a presentation about the recent book "Meltdown Moments" aimed at children of mothers with emotion regulation disorders, featuring author, Dr Anne Sved Williams, Medical Unit Head of Helen Mayo House, and illustrator Marie Jonsson-Harrison. The book is available to purchase through WCH Foundation.
Registrants were also able to learn about the important work of the Centre for Perinatal Excellence (COPE), and the Commonwealth-funded National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, Emerging Minds. For further information visit these websites:
Staff from Helen Mayo House and the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Service worked hard in both the planning phases and on the day to make it all happen, resulting in overwhelmingly positive feedback.
Attention is now on planning next yearâ€™s conference with Associate Professor Maria Muzik from the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology already confirmed as the keynote speaker.
Community Support Services
PIMHS - Helen Mayo community staff are able to attend postnatal depression support groups, either for specific educational input or to provide regular support.
last modified: 22 Jan 2019