Category Archives: Update

Good News in June

During the first half of 2018, we have produced a training video on Empathic Engagement Skills, published a number of research papers and have been busy all around.

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(no worries, we are only sending a newsletter every couple of months!)


Click on the image to read the June newsletter 

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Our journey continues – 2017 in a nutshell

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.

Click the image to read our Annual Report 2017

Find the PDF version and previous reports on our website.

Lean, but still going strong!

We started the year with a new publication on the relation of food insecurity, poverty and depression in pregnant women.
This year, we will focus on our research and advocacy activities, while strengthening our collaboration with advocates and researchers around the globe.
We want to use this opportunity to thank our partners and donors for their unwavering support!!
More on that in our latest newsletter.

The Good, the Sad and the Way Forward

 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


PMHP’s Spring update

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

Psychological Treatments for the World: Lessons from Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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/

MMH campaign summary and other news from the PMHP

Want to know how the Maternal Mental Health awareness campaign went this year?

Or want to check out our latest resources and developments in and around the PMHP?

Read our latest newsletter here

Reflect, research, report: 2016 in the rear-view mirror

What a year it’s been!

Find out what we’ve achieved and what we’ve learned last year in
our latest newsletter.

Click on the image to read our March Newsletter or go to our website to read previous newsletters!

Integrating mental health care into maternal and infant care can help low-income families

Integrating therapy, other services, or information into routine visits can make getting help easier and chip away at the stigma regarding postpartum depression.

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Unlike the “baby blues,” which are commonly associated with mild feelings of worry and fatigue after having a baby, postpartum depression is a mood disorder characterized by a broad range of symptoms including anxiety, extreme sadness, and exhaustion.

Source: How Folding Mental Health Services Into Maternal and Infant Care Can Help Low-Income Families – Rewire

Postpartum Depression: The Help I Needed

We are starting the New Year with a poignant reminder by the Medicated Mommy blogger.

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“I consider myself lucky. Maybe not lucky to have gone through the debilitating experience of postpartum depression (although looking back I am grateful–more on that in my next post), but fortunate enough to have recognized something was very wrong within 48 hours of being home from the hospital with my son. Upon this realization… The help I needed came in many different forms during my struggle that first year.”

Source: Postpartum Depression: The Help I Needed – The Medicated Mommy

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