Call 911 if you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency and need immediate assistance.

Llame al 911 si usted está experimentando una emergencia psiquiátrica y la necesidad de asistencia inmediata.

Please note that the Task Force itself does not provide therapy or advice. We do not provide a hotline or a warmline, and cannot provide advice via email. However, if you feel that you (or a loved one) may be suffering from perinatal depression/anxiety, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help by calling 211 if you are a resident of Los Angeles county, Postpartum Support International if you are anywhere within the United States or beyond by contacting www.postpartum.net, or speaking to your healthcare provider.

If you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby (or if your pregnant/postpartum loved one is exhibiting frightening or bizarre thoughts/behaviors ) call 911 immediately. A phone call is the first, and sometimes the hardest, step toward getting well.

The following is a partial list of resources for women suffering from perinatal depression in Los Angeles County. A comprehensive perinatal mental health resource guide is currently under development.

  • 2-1-1 Los Angeles County Information Line
    www.211la.org
    2-1-1 LA County is the largest information and referral service in the nation.  Callers can find information on Los Angeles services that strengthen families, prepare children for school, find and keep jobs, gain access to public benefits and access to quality health care in over 140 languages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health ACCESS Line
    800.854.7771
    Free, confidential mental health information, referrals to service providers, and crisis counseling at any day or time.
     
  • Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles
    www.breastfeedla.org
    Provides fact sheets, videos, blogs, seminars and other resources to breastfeeding moms in Los Angeles.

  • Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center
    www.didihirsch.org
    310.390.6612
    The first non-profit outpatient mental health clinic in Los Angeles County, Didi Hirsch provides crisis intervention and stabilization, counseling, residential treatment, case management, youth-at-risk and family reinforcement programs, delinquency prevention programs, substance abuse treatment and prevention and the only free, accredited, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week, suicide prevention crisis line from Orange County to Santa Barbara.

  • Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles
    www.jfsla.org
    Provides counseling and mental health intervention for children, teens, adults, survivors of violence, couples and families in Los Angeles on a sliding fee scale.

  • Kedren Community Health Center
    www.kedrenmentalhealth.com
    323.233.0425
    Offers comprehensive programs and services for children, youth and adults who are experiencing serious or persistent mental  illness or emotional disturbances residing in Service Planning Area 6.
     
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Birth to 5 Program
    www.dmh.lacounty.gov
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    www.nami.org

    The nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to buildign better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.  It's state and local levels provide support education, information and referral and advocacy to support the fifteen million Americans who live with serious mental illness and their families.
  • New Moms Connect
    http://www.aleinu.net/NewMomsConnect/
    323.761.8800, x1028
    Provides education, resources and support services, through telephone calls, referrals and home visits, when needed, to families who are experiencing challenges related to being a new parent.  New Moms Connect also offers parenting education classes, infant mommy and me classes, and support groups.

  • Postpartum Support International
    www.postpartum.net
    800.944.4773
    Postpartum Support International has more than 175 Coordinators around the world. PSI Coordinators provide support, encouragement, and information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and can help you connect to your community or internet resources. They give encouragement and tips but they do not give clinical, medical, legal, or religious advice.

  • PublicHealth.org Prenatal Care
    http://www.publichealth.org/prenatal-care/
    A site that provides comprehensive information on careers in public health, and resources on major public health concerns. Prenatal Care Guide provides information for expectant mothers on the following:
    • Healthcare provider options
    • Nutrition and lifestyle changes
    • Newborn care
    • Trimester-by-trimester guide to staying healthy during pregnancy
  • Queens Care Health & Faith Partnership
    www.queenscare.org
    As a faith-based organization, QueensCare strives to provide, directly and with others, accessible healthcare for uninsured and low-income individuals and families residing in Los Angeles County.

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The mission of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force is to remove barriers to the prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County. The Task Force is a project of 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor Community Partners.