Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury Trust

Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury Trust

Supporting the mental health of parents with free, community-based peer support during the first 2000 days (pregnancy to 5 years)


Welcoming a new child to the family is a wonderful time in a parent's life but it isn’t without its challenges. It comes with a steep learning curve. All parents will, at some point, feel overwhelmed, which can lead to mental illness. Having a mentally unwell parent is recognised as detrimental to children’s healthy emotional development.

1 in 4 women & 1 in 10 men will experience clinically diagnosed depression &/or anxiety during pregnancy or after birth. Suicide is the number one cause of mothers dying during pregnancy or shortly after the birth. NZ is 7 times higher than the UK. This is NOT OK.

We know that the last 10 years Cantabrians have experienced a lot of awful events, leaving our communities with unrecognised trauma and heightened anxiety. The pandemic is stretching into its fourth year, the cost of living is soaring and access to support has huge demand and long wait times. Add a new baby to the mix and the pressure cooker can blow!

Our free community-based support programmes are run by trained peer supporters with lived experience. We give parents a safe place to connect with others, share their feelings and learn tools and techniques to help them survive and thrive. We advocate for them and help educate the public about perinatal mental illness.

Your donation will help us deliver free wellbeing support to parents so that they are emotionally strong and their children feel loved, safe and secure.

Mentally healthy parents raise mentally healthy children. Donate Today!

More about us

Our vision for our community is Mentally Healthy Parents. We provide community based peer support and assistance, offer early intervention and preventative services and raise public awareness of perinatal mental illness.

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Latest update

Parents need support more than ever  13 June 2023

We are 2 months into our new year and referrals are already 20% higher than this time last year. Have a look at our new video to see why we are so busy and why we are so very grateful for your support.

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Latest donations

Elizabeth on 27 Mar 2024
This donation is from those who give a Koha for the baby items I knit and crochet.
Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury Trust

Thank you so much for helping support parents in Canterbury. We appreciate your donation as much as I'm sure the people who get your baby items do.

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Burwood Baby Blankets on 08 Dec 2023
Hi team its Burwood Baby Blankets. My Facebook page got hacked so could you follow me on my new page (the one that has 5 followers). I cant cancel the old Facebook page. Delighted to donate from the sale of my baby blankets.
Holly on 05 Dec 2023
Thank you for everything you do.
Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury Trust

We love being able to support mums and your donation will help us keep doing that 😊 Thank you so much Holly. ❤️

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Michelle on 23 Jun 2023
Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury Trust

Thank you Michelle, we truly appreciate your support.

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Happily Hooked
Happily Hooked on 01 Jun 2023
Thank you so much for all your support to me and others ❤️
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It makes us so happy to think our support helped in some way. Thank you very much for your donation.

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