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We are reposting our article on maternal suicide on the occasion of #WorldSuicidePreventionDay2018
Source: The Conversation/ Perinatal Mental Health Project &
Pregnant women in South Africa who live in poor communities are more likely to consider or attempt suicide than the general population. That’s a key finding from a recent study we undertook at Hanover Park.
The research found 12% of pregnant women living in low-resource communities had thought of killing themselves during the previous month. In the same period, an additional 6% of pregnant women reported they had started to enact a suicide plan or attempted to end their lives. Rates of depression and anxiety were also found to be elevated among the pregnant women who took part in the study.
These findings mirror research about high rates of suicidal ideation and behaviour among pregnant women elsewhere in the world. A review of 17 studies in high- and low-income countries found the prevalence of suicidal ideation among pregnant and postpartum…
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A recent article in the Daily Maverick emphasised the need for trauma counselling for women and children in the Cape Flats.
Our service site in Hanover Park serves the Greater Athlone health district, including parts of the Cape Flats, since 2012.
We continue to screen thousands of mothers and counsel about 200 per year at the Midwife Obstetric Unit.
Read more about our Hanover Park service here
Read the Daily Maverick article here
Our August newsletter includes our latest publications and a shout-out to our fantastic volunteers!
Thank you to Ndivhudzannyi (Ndi) Mphephu, Sasha Roytowski, Rachel Field and Marni Riese for your valuable contributions, without which our work would not be possible!
(no worries, we are only sending a newsletter every couple of months!)
Click on the image to read the June newsletter
2017 has been, mostly, a successful year for the PMHP with some major achievements. We have seen our strategic model realised in concrete terms in many of the arenas where we work: we identify key service gaps, conduct research, develop policy and support widespread implementation by others.
Find the PDF version and previous reports on our website.
Dear colleagues, supporters, partners and friends of PMHP
2017 has mostly been a successful year for the PMHP with some major achievements. We have seen our strategic model realised in concrete terms in many of the arenas where we work: we identify key service gaps – conduct research – develop policy – support the widespread implementation by others.
Read the entire director’s summary and the reasons behind the closure of two of our service sites on our newsletter
The Perinatal Mental Health Project is shifting pathways
Read our latest newsletter to find out what we have been up to and how we are planning to go forward
A recent systematic review and metanalysis reported that psychological treatments for common mental disorders in a range of primary care settings in LMIC, and delivered by non-specialist providers, had moderate to strong effects in reducing the burden of these disorders. Notably, 12 out of the 27 eligible randomized controlled trials took place in maternal or reproductive service settings.
A key finding relates to the analsysis of ‘nonspecific’ therapeutic elements, called ‘engagement elements’ which includes collaboration, empathy, active listening, normalization, Involving significant other/family. These elements predicted trial effectiveness independently of and comparably to specific elements, e.g. interpersonal, cognitive and behavioural (Singla et al. 2017). This provides critical support to PMHP’s hypothesis that maternity care staff may meaningfully employ empathic engagement skills to reduce the effects of common mental disorders in their clients.
Find this and more relevant research here: http://pmhp.za.org/resources/for-researchers/