About Postpartum Support International
What is Postpartum Support International (PSI)?
Postpartum Support International (PSI) was founded in 1987 by Jane Honikman and is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. Approximately 15% of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to 10% will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family.
Postpartum Support International has members all over the world, including volunteer coordinators in every one of the United States and in 36 countries. PSI disseminates information and resources through its volunteer coordinators, website and annual conference. Its goal is to provide current information, resources, education, and to advocate for further research and legislation to support perinatal mental health.
What is the PSI mission?
PSI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.
It is the vision of PSI that every woman and family worldwide will have access to information, social support, and informed professional care to deal with mental health issues related to childbearing. PSI promotes this vision through advocacy and collaboration, and by educating and training the professional community and the public.
PSI of Massachusetts
PSI of Massachusetts is a volunteer organization of providers, survivors and other concerned individuals dedicated to the mission of PSI International. These support volunteers provide telephone and email support, information, and access to informed local resources.
Contact Postpartum Support International for more information about their work:
PSI's website receives more than 100,000 visitors a year who seek PSI for support, education and local information.
PSI's toll-free Help Line, in English and Spanish, serves more than 1000 callers a month, and rapidly refers callers to appropriate local resources including emergency services.