In many situations the decision to seek treatment will fall to the woman’s partner or close family/supports. While it can be very hard for partners or family/supports to take this step, postnatal psychosis requires urgent medical attention. Partners or family/supports will also need to make arrangements for someone to care for the baby. If you are concerned about the woman’s safety, someone will need to stay with her until you seek help. If you are concerned about your partner or a loved one you can:
- Take her to a GP
- Take her to the nearest hospital emergency department
- Call PANDA’s National Helpline – 1300 726 306
When seeking help make sure to tell reception or health care staff that her behaviour is unusual, that she has a very young baby and that you think she has postnatal psychosis.
If you are concerned about the woman’s or the baby’s immediate safety you may need to call 000 for an ambulance or the police. Again, make sure to say that her behaviour is unusual and potentially dangerous, that she has a very young baby and that you think she has postnatal psychosis.