APNI - Association for Post Natal Illness



The function of the Association can basically be defined by three areas of activity:      

Support, Education and Information 


Postnatally depressed women may feel unable to go out of their house, and meeting people may cause them a great deal of stress, therefore contact made on the phone or by e-mail can be ideal.

Women often find that talking, or writing to someone, who has had the illness and recovered, allows them to discuss the most distressing symptoms of the illness. The phone and e-mail volunteers also give women hope that they will eventually recover. For those who are not on the phone or e-mail we can offer the services of volunteers who will communicate by post. This service is also available to women who would prefer to be supported by post.

The Association has a countrywide network of phone, e-mail and postal volunteers, who have had, and recovered from post-natal illness. The volunteers are carefully vetted to ensure that they are completely well, that they have had no previous mental illness and that they are not opposed to drug therapy.

Depressed mothers are phoned or written to at regular intervals throughout their illness and the recovery period. The relationship between the volunteer and depressed mother is regularly monitored. Most women find it a great relief to talk to someone who really understands how they feel. Depressed mothers are always advised to seek medical help and constantly assured that they will recover.

The Association runs a support service for husbands and families of the depressed woman. Many of the volunteer husbands  will to talk to husbands of sufferers and offer help and advice if necessary.

If you are suffering from postnatal depression we recommend that you try talking to one of our volunteers. We are always happy to hear from depressed mothers and glad to answer any enquiries. You can ring us or email us, but please do enclose an S.A.E. if you write.

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Who to contact

Call us between 10.00am and 2.00pm on: 020 7386 0868 Call us between 10.00am and 2.00pm on: 020 7386 0868 Pandas (Mon-Sun 9AM-8PM) 0843 28 98 401 Pandas (Mon-Sun 9AM-8PM) 0843 28 98 401 Family lives (24 hour helpline) 0808 800 2222 Family lives (24 hour helpline) 0808 800 2222 The Samaritans (24 hour helpline) 0845 790 9090 The Samaritans (24 hour helpline) 0845 790 9090
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Association For Post-natal Illness
145, Dawes Road


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