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. 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.

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.

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

Upcoming educational opportunities

Helen Mayo House Annual Conference 2018
In the eye of the storm: trauma and recovery in perinatal families

This year's conference promises to be an event that will both intrigue and enlighten clinicians on the topic that we encounter all too often: 'trauma in families'. The traumas that trouble the most intimate aspects of birth, childhood and family life can act like storms that threaten to shipwreck the mother-infant relationship. The ripples touch everyone around the mother and baby, including professionals seeking to guide them to safe harbour. Both families and professionals need a sure compass.

Our aim is to assist in building that compass with the trustworthy tools of evidence-based approaches, wise and experienced educators, and the ability to make meaning and find hope in the face of the storm with which trauma presents us.
Key note speakers include:

  • Dr Wendy Bunston, who recently published 'Helping babies and Children to heal after Family Violence', will present on infants and refuges.
  • Glenise Coulthard, who has extensive experience in South Australia's Aboriginal and mainstream health services, will talk about Aboriginal Families.
  • Julia Dalton, who is a registered nurse/midwife with a passion for research, particularly for socially disadvantaged women.
  • Dr Tonia Mezzini, a sexual health physician who consults from Wellend Health at Burnside Hospital and teaches for the Adelaide University Rural Medical school.

Information booths will be hosted by:

  • Dr Nicole Highet, founder of COPE – The Centre of Perinatal Excellence will provide a dedicated focus on effective and sustainable approaches to best practice in perinatal mental health
  • Mandy Seyfang/Dom Kleinig will inform us on Emerging Minds, the national workforce centre for child mental health.

Our dedicated Perinatal and Infant Mental Health staff will run workshops on:

  • Working with infants in the child protection space
  • Supporting attachment relationships within the context of medical trauma
  • DBT approaches to parenting
  • Talking with troubled mothers
  • Introduction to Attachment and Biobehavioural Catch-up (ABC).

For more information, see the PDF iconconference program or PDF iconposter.


Date: Friday, 23 November 2018
Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost: Full fee $260.00, Late Registration $300.00 (received after COB 12/11/18)
   – some discounts may apply, please see the PDF iconconference program for more details


Please complete the registration form on page 6 of the PDF iconconference program and return to helenmayohouse@sa.gov.au.

Community Support Services

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

last modified: 23 Jul 2018