Postnatal Depression Services

Postnatal Depression Services

Postnatal Depression Services
Wallace House
3 Boswall Road

0131 538 7288

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Postnatal Depression Services
Wallace House
3 Boswall Road

0131 538 7288

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Location of the Postnatal Depression Services:

Postnatal Deoression Services, Wallace House, 3 Boswall Road, Edinburgh EH5 3RJ tel 0131 538 7288, the Postnatal Depression Services Headquarters, based on the North side of the City.

Palmerston Place PND Centre, 8a Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 4AA tel 0131 220 3547, in the city centre of Edinburgh.

East Edinburgh PND Centre, The Gate Lodge, 27 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2NL tel: 0131 454 4315, near Portobello.

We also provide an Outreach Service at Craigour Community Health Flat in Gracemount, Edinburgh.

Aims of the Postnatal Depression Services:

The Postnatal Depression Services was established in 1988. Its aims are:
To provide support for families where a mother or father is suffering from Postnatal Depression, through a range of services.
To increase public and professional awareness of Postnatal Depression
To prevent admission or limit length of stay in psychiatric hospital
To keep abreast of research regarding effective interventions with families suffering from PND and develop services accordingly
To encourage the development of services out-with Edinburgh and Lothians Area
To develop training and education for professionals in the field of Postnatal Depression.

Outline of Existing Service:

The Postnatal Depression Services offers the following services:
Individual and Couples Counselling
Women’s Therapy Groups / Men’s Groups
Art Therapy, both individually and in groups
Infant Massage, both individually and in groups
Couples Groups
Crèche Facilities
Telephone Support
Family Therapy
Training, Education & Consultancy in Postnatal Depression

Training, qualifications & experience

All our counsellors and pschotherapists are qualified to a minimum of Diploma level. We have over 21 years experience of working within the field of postnatal depression.

Member organisations *

* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.


We have a suggested sliding scale, but no-one is denied our service through inability to pay. This will be discussed at the initial appointment.

Further information

About the Postnatal Depression Services:

The Postnatal Depression Services is a CrossReach Charity which has been providing a service to families for over 20 years. We provide support for families where a mother or father is suffering from Postnatal Depression. We believe that where the family unit is healthy, children can develop into secure adults.When the family is in distress, children become disturbed and this can have far reaching consequences which affect their emotional balance in adulthood.

We are a team of 18 paid staff comprising counsellors, art therapists, crèche workers, & administrators offering support to families experiencing postnatal depression. We are supported in our work by 85 volunteer staff. We operate from 4 locations within Lothian, open 5 days a week and see approx. 140 clients a week. We currently have a waiting list of over 90 clients who are awaiting support from our Service.

How we get Referrals:

Over 80% of our referrals come from health professionals (G.P.s, H.V.s, midwives, etc.). Our remaining clients self refer. Referrals will have a child under the age of 2 years. Clients will be invited to attend an Initial Assessment to explore the most appropriate support for them. Clients are accepted purely on their need and without discrimination, including financial. Telephone support may be offered prior to engaging in regular support.

Where Referrals come from:

We take referrals from wherever people are able to travel from. Our centres are currently all based in Edinburgh and the majority of our clients live within Edinburgh. We have clients who travel in from Fife, West Lothian and East Lothian. We have telephone enquiries from all over the U.K. and Ireland, asking for help and support with postnatal depression.

About Postnatal Depression:

Postnatal Depression is a condition which affects one in six mothers, either immediately or many months after the birth of their baby (SIGN 2002).Deaths from mental illness are the leading cause of maternal death (Confidential Enquiries-Why Mother Die, 1997-99). The affect of maternal mental health on infant development is well researched (Growing up in Scotland, May 2010; Murray & Cooper, 2003; Gerhart, 2004). Recent research (Paulson & Bazemore, East Virginia Medical School, May 2010) shows that one in ten fathers also experience postnatal depression. Research shows that children of parents with untreated PND are more likely to attempt suicide, have mental health problems, and do less well educationally and emotionally (Murray, Sinclair, Cooper, 1999). Parents with postnatal depression may experience mixed, confusing emotions towards the baby, which are hard to understand, perhaps creating anxiety around the role as parent.

The Postnatal Depression Services understands that when a parent experiences postnatal depression the whole family is affected.By intervening at an early stage, positive changes and growth within relationships can be brought about (Alder & Truman, 2002).

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH5 3RJ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

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