Investing in the future

Free Workshop for Professionals, May 27th 2015
Held at the Red Cross Rooms, Redwood Street, Blenheim.


The presenters on the day where:


  • Staff from Witherlea House, Dr Brenda Brand, Psychiatrist and Judy Goodill needs assessment Nurse.

  • Sue Young Mid Wife gave an informative presentation on the Mid Wife’s process for identifying PND.

  • Marion Rowe gave a heart felt presentation of her story and how PND impacts on families.

  • Samantha Holmes and Reawyn Lamond about the Stepping Stones group, “Mothers supporting Mothers

  • Moving towards wellbeing” was presented by  Rozanna McDonald, counsellor and Sylvia Barrett, Case Manager Witherlea House, both facilitators of the PND Therapy Group.

  • Tatiana Ceban, counsellor,  has presented the topic “Preventing postnatal depression” based on her work experience and  theoretical frameworks that she works from.


All together we worked on possibilities to build a community network  of professionals involved in perinatal field and to help mothers and babies in the future.


The workshop was attended by 28 members of various agencies including, RNZAF, Te Piki Oranga, Supporting Families, St Marks AOD, NMDHB, Practice Nurse, Mid Wifes,  Gateway Housing, Child Youth & Family, Child Care Centres, Presbyterian Support, Te Ara Mahi, Bread of Life, Open Home Foundation and student Nurses.


Feed back was positive, every one enjoyed the presentations and asked that we provide more workshops in the future.


And yes, we are going to do that!


Heart felt thank you to Sylvia Barrett, Tatiana Ceban, Samantha Holmes, Reawyn Lamond and Rozanna McDonald - the organising team.  Also The PND Trust would like to thank those who presented on the day, with out them the work shop would not have been possible.


Your feedback will be very much appreciated

"Today has increased my awareness of the services available to Mum's with PND Trust. And refreshed my passion to help Mum's  who are going through trough this".


"Well presented by all the speakers, informative. Gave me a better understanding of what PND entails. Good interactive groups."


"Very grateful for free training in such an important area / topic."


“Always great to have real stories.”


"Very grateful to have free training in such an important area/topic.”


“Great day, well looked after, good to hear and meet others.”


PND Marlborough Charitable Trust

PND Marlborough Charitable Trust, established in 2005, is a life line in the community for many women and families who are struggling with postnatal depression, motherhood and parenting issues. Having a baby is both an exciting and challenging time. Adding anxiety or depression can make it difficult to function and feel like you are a good enough parent. Both women and men can experience perinatal (during pregnancy and the year after birth) mental health issuesand these can vary in intensity and symptoms. As a mum

or dad it is easy to feel guilt and shame that can get in the way of seeking the help you need. If this is how you feel, know that you are not alone. Having perinatal anxiety or depression does not make you a ‘bad parent’. In fact, seeking help early leads to a faster recovery with less impact on you, your relationship with your baby, partner and family.


“ It was a great progress in my perception what motherhood is. After attending therapeutic support group for mothers and completing the program, I understood that actually I left there some very significant things: negative thoughts and self-assumptions; unproductive thoughts and how to deal with hard situations; my “flight mode” way of dealing with things; catastrophic visualisation; guilt about not being enough for my kids& husband; fears about being “less” than I want to be;  the need to be “achieving” something. And I took some important things with me: bond with my son; skills and knowledge to deal with low moods; ability to catch “bad” thoughts and feelings before they grow; calmness; peace of mind; a little bit of myself again and the ability to prioritize myself and my needs.” Victoria


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