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

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

Word iconHMH Referral Form

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


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



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



Opening hours:

Inpatient Services - 24 hours, 7 days per week

Telephone Counselling

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 support@panda.org.au and they will get back to you in their working hours.

Helen Mayo House phone numbers
   – Local telephone: 7087 1030 or 7087 1031
   – Toll Free: 1800 18 22 32 for country callers and ask for Helen Mayo House

Beyondblue – ph: 1300 224 636
   – an alternate line for those wanting more general information.


WCH page link iconAlternative support services for parents and families

WCH page link iconAcorn Group - 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 for Acorn Referrers (June 2018)  and Acorn Request for Service (June 2018)

Information and Publications

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 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.

Link iconMeltdown Moments  (May 2018)
This book will be valuable to families where parents are struggling to keep their emotions together, either because of the tensions of every day life or because a parent has borderline personality disorder.  People working in educational settings with small children can also use this book as a starting point for discussions about family emotions.

Jake's Dinosaurs is a picture storybook written especially for children whose mothers have developed a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia. The author, Anne Sved Williams, is a consultant psychiatrist at Helen Mayo House. The book is illustrated by 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. This book is written by Andrea Louis, a clinical psychologist, and is illustrated by John Siow.

Certificate in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

WCH page link iconCertificate 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.Meltdown Moments

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:

Link iconEmerging Minds

Link iconPANDA - Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia

Link iconCentre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)

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 year’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