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

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 ❤️
Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury Trust

It makes us so happy to think our support helped in some way. Thank you very much for your donation.

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Pure Kai
Pure Kai on 15 Dec 2022
This donation is from a year 13 Business studies group at Christchurch girls high who created a cookbook made up of recipes from past cghs students 15% of profit per book has been donated to Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury. Thank for all the hard work you guys do! Many thanks Alice, Julia, Lucy and Eve - Pure Kai
Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury Trust

What an amazing result for you all, great job! This donation will provide 10 weeks of online group support for 4 mothers. Thank you for your mahi and for helping support the mental wellbeing of parents in our community.

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Linda & Murray
Linda & Murray on 09 Dec 2022
Such a great cause. Thank you for all the work that you do and the support you’ve given our daughter (and granddaughter).
Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury Trust

Thank you so much for your support. It is absolutely our pleasure to help mums find their strength in the journey of parenting.

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Nicole on 06 Dec 2022
As a mum going through this programme your help, understanding and support means everything to me and my family. I’m a better parent because of this group and I wouldn’t have been able to get out of my ‘rut’ without the help of Perinatal Canterbury. From the bottom of my heart thank you.
Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury Trust

Thank you SO much Nicole! It's just lovely to hear that you are benefitting from the programme and we think you are doing a great job as a new Mum :)

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