Baptist Health offers new postpartum depression support groups

Apr 4, 2012  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  2 comments

UPDATE: For the latest information on Baptist’s postpartum support groups, please click here.

New moms now have a community resource to help them cope with the depression and anxiety they may feel after giving birth. Baptist Health launched free support groups this month for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder — formerly called post-partum depression.

The groups will be held twice a month at four different locations throughout Northeast Florida: two in Jacksonville, one in Fernandina Beach and one in Macclenny. For more information or to sign up for these free support groups, please go to www.baptisthealth.eventbrite.com or call 904.202.3229.

According to the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Survey (PRAMS), 21 percent of mothers in Northeast Florida experienced depression for two weeks or more during or following their pregnancies.

The classes are free and open to all women in the community. They will be facilitated by Baptist Health staff who attended Postpartum Support International’s advanced certification program, “Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care.”

Group schedule:

  • Jacksonville: Destination Maternity, 4880 Big Island Drive at St. Johns Town Center. 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Jacksonville: Baptist Medical Center — Downtown, Howard Building, Suite 510. 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Macclenny: Baker County Health Department 480 W. Lowder St. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Fernandina: Baptist Nassau, Berkman Building, 2nd floor multipurpose room. 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 10 – 11 a.m.
2 Comments
  1. Susan Lindsey Jan 30, 2014 1:45 am

    I have a young co-worker who recently gave birth. She is suffering from major depression. Admits to being suicidal, is having auditory hallucinations., unable to eat. Is currently insured under Medicaid and not having much luck in regards to treatment other than medication. Any advice?…

  2. Sara Rieger Feb 3, 2014 11:24 am

    Thank you for contacting the NEFHSC. Please see the list below of services and resources that may benefit your co-worker.

    Post-partum Mood and Anxiety Disorder Resources in NEFL

    Teen moms:
    Selma Zakomac Bacevac, LMHC
    Clinical Program Director
    Children’s Home Society of Florida
    Office: (904) 493-7753
    Email: Selma.Bacevac@chsfl.org

    Newborns/Infants:
    Leslie Allen, LCSW,
    Child Guidance/ High Risk Newborns
    (904) 755-6013.

    For adults on Medicaid: Mental Health Resource Center, below

    Mental Health Resource Center (MHRC)
    11820 Beach Blvd.
    (904) 642-9100
    Services provided: Comprehensive mental health services including emergency evaluation and crisis stabilization for children and adults, case management, social rehabilitation, medication management and other outpatient services.

    Mental Health Center of Jacksonville (MHCJ)
    3333 West 20th St.
    (904) 695-9145
    Services provided: Comprehensive mental health services including emergency evaluation and crisis stabilization for adults, case management, social rehabilitation, medication management and other outpatient .

    Northwest Behavioral Health Services
    2392 North Edgewood Ave.
    (904) 781-7797
    Services provided: Mental Health case management, supported housing, and outpatient counseling services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

    River Region Human Services
    3020 Warrington St.
    (904) 899-6300 ext. 4200
    Services provided: Mental health case management, supported housing, and rehabilitative services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

    Additional Services/Resources: http://www.coj.net/departments/special-services/behavioral-and-human-services/other-mental-health-links.aspx

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