Since 2011, the Perinatal Mental Health Project has provided a mental health service integrated into the Hanover Park Midwife Obstetric Unit (MOU) in Cape Town, where counsellors offer mental health information, screening, counselling, case management and follow-up care to women in this under-resourced community attending antenatal and postnatal care.
Recognising the vulnerability of pregnant and postpartum women in this community, the PMHP strives to provide a space for effective care and recovery, with a comprehensive mental health service, where without donor support such a service would not exist. The provision of a safe space, both physically and psychologically, gives women the opportunity to prioritise their mental health and draw on their resilience and capabilities.
A Canadian family, with UCT connections, has been a steadfast supporter of the work of the PMHP, and recently made a beautiful gift of a mosaic bench to the Hanover Park MOU.
The PMHP team recently launched a fundraising campaign “Counsellors for Mothers” to increase mental health care among mothers in Hanover Park, Cape Town. Your Canadian donation can have an impact.