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:
Information for Service Providers
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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
Information and Publications
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 email@example.com
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).