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Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI)

Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI)

Postnatally depressed women may feel unable to go out of their house, and meeting people may cause them a great deal of stress, therefore contact made on the phone or by e-mail can be ideal. Women often find that talking, or writing to someone, who has had the illness and recovered, allows them to discuss the most distressing symptoms of the illness.


The Association has a countrywide network of phone and e-mail volunteers, who have had, and recovered from post-natal illness. The volunteers are carefully vetted to ensure that they are completely well, that they have had no previous mental illness and that they are not opposed to drug therapy.


Depressed mothers are contacted at regular intervals throughout their illness and the recovery period. The relationship between the volunteer and depressed mother is regularly monitored. Most women find it a great relief to talk to someone who understands how they feel. Depressed mothers are always advised to seek medical help and are constantly assured that they will recover.


The Association runs a support service for husbands and families of depressed women. Many of the volunteer husbands will talk to husbands of sufferers and offer help and advice if necessary.


Who is this aimed at?

APNI is for women with postnatal depression, their partners and healthcare professionals.


Opening Hours

Monday to Friday – 10am to 2pm



This support is free, there is no cost.

How to get involved

You are not alone, get in touch for some friendly advice, or just to talk through how you’re feeling.

APNI is here to help you.


The staff who answer the phone are very knowledgeable about matters that relate to post-natal depression. They have all had over nine months of training in this work but note that none of our staff are health professionals. For this type of advice, you should see your GP or Health Visitor.

All calls are confidential and none are ever recorded. Some mothers are very reluctant to admit that they feel unable to cope or that they have unpleasant and unwanted thoughts that distress them. These symptoms are common with depression and we understand how distressing they are.

Our staff will do everything that they can to help you and they will be able to offer you information and reassurance.

We understand that most women affected with post-natal depression feel isolated in their suffering and we do want to assure you that we hear from more than 9,000 women every year who are suffering similarly. Please remember you will get better.


If you wish to speak to someone directly please phone 0207 386 0868, email or complete the ‘Contact Form’ Visit the APNI ‘Contact Us’ page


Contact details


Phone: 0207 386 0868


For further information

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