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There's Always Light

Kamvi is pregnant and dreading the long summer holiday ahead. She is terrified of giving birth and feels alone. How will she cope? And where is Yanda, the father of the baby? Read the full story and reader responses here.

The Perinatal Mental Health Project sponsored the story and provided access to online resources, such as the Maternity Booklet.

FunDza’s approach to education is getting teens and young adults reading. They provide books and stories that are exiting, relevant and authentically South African. FunDza uses mobile technology to connect and interact with readers.

Training: Department of Social Development

Following discussions between PMHP and the Department of Social Development, we have started providing training about maternal mental health to social workers involved in supporting children and families.

The Department aims to strengthen families and prevent the need for children to be taken into care. They recognise that the mental health of the mother is vitally important to the well-being of the child and family. The Department wants their social workers to understand, detect and be able to support women suffering from depression and anxiety. The needs of women with common mental disorders are often invisible.

Outcomes & Impact

Maternal mental illness can be addressed: it is predictable, identifiable, treatable and in many cases preventable. 

Key PMHP outcomes 

- Problems relating to primary support, social environment and lifestyle transition are most commonly reported by distressed women during pregnancy.

- 60% of pregnant women report 'much improved' or 'complete resolution' of these problems.

Read the full PMHP outcomes report here.


Circles of Support

Don't miss Nik Rabinowitz, Aviva Pelham, Anne Hirsch, iKapa Dance Theatre, Tina Schouw and many more artists 

performing in support of the Perinatal Mental Health Project

on 16 August 2014 
at the
Baxter Theatre
in Cape Town.

Grab a seat today!

Not in Cape Town?
Join the Circles of Support online.

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Thank You to our Volunteers 

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