Transition to Parenting
The Transition to Parenting program is a FREE, 9-week, group-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program for pregnant and postpartum individuals with babies up to 18 months of age. It is for mothers who have been feeling one or more of the following: depressed, sad, anxious, worried, angry or overwhelmed.
During this nine-week series participants will meet in a virtual group setting with a public health nurse and learn skills to help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety by changing thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Participants will receive a workbook with information and skill building activities to do each week. The program and workbook are offered in English.
Treating depression and anxiety in pregnancy and parenting supports baby's healthy brain development and life-long physical and mental health.
How to Register
Please call Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or eChat at york.ca/NurseChat to see if this program would be helpful for you.
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Where can I go for help?
- Talk to your health care provider
- Call a 24-hour crisis line or hotline:
- Community Crisis Response Service: 1-855-310-COPE (2673) Text 1-855-310-2673 from 7am to midnight Live chat support 7am-midnight at cope.yssn.ca
- York Region offers support for families through the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program
How can I take care of myself?
- Eat a balanced diet
- Rest and take breaks
- Connect with helpful family members/ friends
- Allow yourself to ask for help
- Take time for exercise
- Take moments for yourself
- Self-care plan
Your family benefits when you take care of yourself. Time for yourself will give you more energy and patience to provide loving and responsive care.
How can family and friends help?
- Accept and acknowledge the person’s feelings
- Offer help in house chores or baby care
- Encourage the person to rest or exercise
- Help the person to think positively or focus on positive thoughts
- Provide support in getting assessment and treatment
- Partners may need to be aware of their own feelings and self-care
Your acceptance and support means a lot to the person who is struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression/or perinatal mood disorders.
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