The Project was founded to address mental illness among pregnant women and girls from some of the most disadvantaged communities affected by poverty, HIV/AIDS, violence, abuse, social exclusion and refugee status. The demographic profile of our beneficiaries is 70% black, 28% coloured and 2% white.
Recognising the enormous need for public maternal mental health services, we envision universal access to quality mental health care, routinely integrated into maternity services. Partnered with the Department of Health, we work with vulnerable women, civil society, international organisations and academic institutions.
Circles of Support - the groups of supporters who together commit to funding ‘fractions’ of a counsellor’s salary. One in three women living in poverty in South Africa experiences depression or anxiety during and /or after pregnancy. Antoinette, Charlotte and Liesl are the PMHP counsellors who support these women.