Peer Support

Peanut

A free social networking app for parents. Provides a safe space for parents, expectant parents, and those trying to conceive to build friendships, ask questions and find support. Peanut connects you to others nearby who are at a similar stage in life, and provides access to a community of parents who are there to listen, share information and offer valuable advice. Whether it’s understanding IVF, adoption, pregnancy, first years and beyond, Peanut is a place to connect.

Huddle

Free, video-based peer support groups around COVID-19. Groups are sorted around gender, age and topic. Topics include health, loneliness, school/work/finances. There are groups unrelated to COVID-19 as well. The mission of Huddle is to provide a safe community for anxiety sufferers to access affordable and effective cognitive-behavioral treatment by a licensed psychotherapist.

Postpartum Depression

Created by a parent who was diagnosed with postpartum depression in 2016, the website contains information on Postpartum Depression, information for support persons, additional resources, and treatment options.

Running in Triangles

Started in 2017 by two sisters with the aim to provide a safe platform for parents to share their postpartum depression stories. The blog contains topics on Postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, COVID-19 resources, pregnancy and birth, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation and general lifestyle topics. 

Mindfulness & Meditation 

Calm 

An app with free resources on meditations, sleep stories, mindful movement exercises, journaling, music, and nature scenes and songs. There are meditations for Frontline Healthcare Workers, for children, there are also resources in various languages available.

Headspace

Meditation app with free content on the following meditation sessions: Basics (first 10 sessions); Everyday Headspace/Today's Headspace (3 sessions); Falling Back to Sleep Wind Down. Offering free Headscape plus to those who are unemployed. Resources for healthcare professionals, workplace environments, educators and more.

Insight Timer

Free meditation app with sessions: on sleep; on anxiety; on stress; with timer; with music; for parents. Offers insightful talks and courses on various topics on mindfulness.

 

UCLA Mindful App

Free mindfulness app through UCLA. The app provides basic meditations for getting started; wellness meditations for people suffering from challenging health conditions; videos; weekly podcasts; and a timer to meditate to.

Prana Breath App

 A free app on breathing technique and meditations that are 7-15 minutes a day. Use the power of breathing and meditation to increase your mindfulness and live a better life, whether your focus is Yoga, dieting, or diving.

 

Balance App

Improve your stress, sleep, and more with the world’s first personalized meditation program. Balance is your personal meditation coach. Each day, you’ll answer questions about your meditation experience, goals, and preferences. Using an audio library of thousands of files, Balance then assembles a daily meditation that's perfect for you. The more you share over time, the more personalized and effective your meditations become.

 

Moodkit

MoodKit is a one-of-a-kind app designed to help you apply effective strategies of professional psychology to your everyday life. With four integrated tools, MoodKit helps you to engage in mood-enhancing activities, identify and change unhealthy thinking, rate and chart mood across time, and create journal entries using custom templates designed to promote well-being.

 

Buddhify

Buddhify focusses on mobile or on-the-go meditation, which you can do wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. There are traditional formal meditations, for when you have more time. meditations are categorised by what you’re doing or how you’re feeling. So you’ll find guided meditations for Walking, Stress & Difficult Emotion, Work Break, Going to Sleep, Waking Up and many other different categories. 

 

Beating the Blues

Beating the Blues is an online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program for individuals with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. This online CBT course enables users to work through modules to learn about and apply the principles of CBT at a time and place to suit each individual.

 

Moodgym

Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which teaches skills based on cognitive behaviour therapy to help you to learn and practice skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. Moodgym consists of five interactive modules which are completed in order.

 

Fitness & Physical Health

FarOut Fitness

Offers different classes including: Strong Moms Workout with Baby, a unique mom and baby fitness class specifically designed and dedicated to making moms strong after having a baby. Also offers livestream classes, outdoor classes, and zumba. Located in St. John’s.

Hot Mama Health + Fitness

Offers a Momma and Me program, this format is a great class for you to bring non-mobile babes to. They stay right with you on a mat, blanket, or snoozing in their carseat. Also classes for postpartum period and for just moms as well depending on location. Located in St. John’s.

MAX

MAX is an arts, athletics, and wellness centre with several locations in St. John’s and Mount Pearl. They offer childcare, after school centres, as well as Movin’ Mommies- a training program in St. John’s that is carefully designed to help postpartum parents recover and rebuild after pregnancy.

The Little Gym

Children's gym in St. John’s offering activities for kids including: parent/child classes; kids dance; gymnastics; sports skills; and karate. They also have a blog featuring posts on: self-care tips for parents at home; keeping your family routine while stuck at home; stress relief for kids.

YMCA

A charity offering Health, Fitness & Aquatics; Children's Services; Employment & Enterprise Services; Volunteer Development, and Opportunities to give to members of all ages. Options are available for those in financial need. Located in St. John’s and Marystown. 

The Health Improvement after Pregnancy (HIP) Program

A free resource developed by the MotHERS Program to help parents make healthy lifestyle changes in the postpartum period, it includes an exercise plan as well as nutritional advice. The program is designed to be completed at home with minimal equipment. 

Books & Podcasts

Helpful Books

  • Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression- By Marie Osmond, Marcia Wilkie, and Judith Moore

  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook- By Pamela Wiegartz

  • Pregnancy Blues, What every Woman Needs to Know About Depression During Pregnancy- By Dr. S. Misri

  • When baby brings the blues, Solutions for Postpartum Depression- By Dr. A. Dalfen

  • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing - By David A. Treleaven

Also click on the link for Postpartum Support International's list of books on Postpartum mood disorders.

Beyond Postpartum Podcast

Beyond Postpartum, the official podcast of the Pacific Post Partum Support Society, shares stories of resilience and recovery from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Pacific Post Partum Support Society has been supporting mothers and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety in Vancouver for over 45 years.