Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Helen Mayo House
Information on Helen Mayo House Services
This website contains information about the services provided at HMH. It also provides some practical information for parents and families who may be thinking about coming to HMH. Information is also provided for medical practitioners or mental health clinicians who would like to make a referral to HMH.
Helen Mayo House (HMH) is a State-wide acute mother-baby unit which admits parents (usually mothers) and their children 2 years of age or younger, if the parent needs treatment for mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or psychosis following childbirth.
Information for Parents and Families:
Information for Service Providers
Click here for Information for Service Providers including the referral process, referral form and further information on Helen Mayo House services.
Helen Mayo House does not have a dedicated counselling line. During the hours of 8:30am to 7pm, the PANDA advice line on 1300 726 306 is the best point of contact for immediate help, counselling and advice about a woman's mental health around the time of having babies and until her infant is one year old.
However, nursing staff are on duty 24 hours, seven days a week and are able to take phone calls to provide support to prospective parents and their families if there is a crisis during the times that PANDA are not available. PANDA are also able to answer queries by emailing them on firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get back to you in their working hours.
Information and Publications
Helen Mayo House staff have written three children's books dealing with parents' mental health problems, each with a different focus. More information and links to ordering these books can be accessed by clicking this link or read a little more here.
Educational Services for Community Groups or Health Organisations
Helen Mayo staff are involved in the provision of education regarding postnatal psychiatric illness. With forward planning, most staff members are available for in-service lectures, group discussions etc for health organisations or community groups.
A telephone advice service is available for people seeking up to date information about community supports for postnatal depression, reading material, information about drugs for postnatal psychiatric problems in pregnancy and with breastfeeding.
Helen Mayo House staff also run an annual conference on issues associated with postnatal psychiatric illness and mother-infant mental health.
For more information please phone (08) 7087 1047 9.00a.m.-5.00p.m. Monday - Friday.
Community Support Services
Helen Mayo staff are able to attend postnatal depression support groups, either for specific educational input or to provide regular support.
last modified: 10 Jul 2018