Resources

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

MENTAL HEALTH


Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL): 800-715-4225 This free 24-hour service provides crisis intervention, referral, and information if you are in need of immediate assistance. National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 The national 24-hour confidential suicide prevention hotline. National Institute on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Get information, support, and resources right away. Hyperbole and a Half
Artist Allie Brosh’s comic is one of the most spot-on, hilarious, and heartfelt explanations of depression and anxiety.




DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT


Savannah Safe Shelter: 912-629-8888
Provides safe, confidential support and assistance to survivors of domestic violence, including a 24-hour crisis hotline.
Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire: 912-233-7273
Provides prevention education, resources, support groups, and advocacy to survivors of rape and sexual assault. Love Is Respect
Information, resources, and support for anyone dealing with a troubling or abusive relationship. RAINN: 800-656-HOPE
The largest U.S. anti-sexual assault organization, which provides crisis intervention, information, referrals, and support for survivors of violence.




HEALTH CARE


Maven Clinic
The “digital clinic” for women – schedule video appointments with licensed health care professionals at home or anywhere.
Planned Parenthood Savannah
This office provides pregnancy and STI testing, abortion counseling and services, gynecological exams, and comprehensive health care. Starland Family Practice
This local practice offers primary care for adolescents and adults with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community. Midwife Group & Birth Center
The oldest birth center in Georgia offers patient-centered gynecological care, STI screenings, menopause management, prenatal and postpartum care, and birth support. Feminist Women’s Health Center
This Atlanta-based nonprofit empowers cisgendered women and transgender patients through service, education, and advocacy.




MEDITATION & SELF-CARE


“Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay”:
Questions to ask before giving up – a terrific printable resource for basic self-care.
Body scan meditation:
A form of mindfulness meditation, the body scan can be used at any time and can help bring focus to body tension and reduce symptoms of anxiety and panic. Free virtual meditation sessions
The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion offers daily live meditation sessions via Zoom for anyone interested in developing a self-compassion-focused meditation practice. Exercises for self-compassion
Dr. Kristin Neff offers meditation, journaling, and other exercises for cultivating kindness toward ourselves, which has been proven to reduce depression and anxiety. 4-7-8 Breathing
Dr. Andrew Weil demonstrates a simple and useful exercise for reducing anxiety, stress, depression, and insomnia. Tara Brach’s RAIN meditation
An easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness and compassion using just four simple steps. Stop Breathe Think
This app provides easy, accessible guidance through meditation and mindfulness practices to assist in relaxation and compassion.




RELATIONSHIPS & FAMILY


Where Should We Begin?
An excellent podcast by therapist and writer Esther Perel, focusing on challenges related to intimacy, sexuality, healing, and attachment in couples.
“Separate, connect. Separate, connect.”
A perfect analysis of human relationships through the lens of attachment theory. Should be required reading for not just all parents but also all adults. Empathy vs. Sympathy
With the help of animator Katy Davis, Dr. Brené Brown explains perfectly why empathy can be so challenging and why it is SO important. Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person
Alain de Botton writes beautifully on the inevitability of disappointment and loneliness in a long-term committed relationship. The 36 Questions That Lead to Love
Taken from a study by psychologist Arthur Aron, these questions are intended to facilitate intimacy at any stage of a relationship. Good practice for any couple!




LGBTQ+


Savannah LGBT Center
The Center works to support and expand Savannah’s growing LGBTQ+ community by offering support groups, medical clinics and free HIV testing, social events, art exhibits, and more.
Trevor Project
Provides information, resources, and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ youth. Lambda Legal
This national organization provides support to the LGBTQ+ community and anyone living with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. It Gets Better
A video project started by Dan Savage to support LGBTQ+ youth struggling with bullying, harassment, discrimination, and mental health issues.





REPRODUCTIVE + MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

GENERAL INFORMATION


Postpartum Support International (PSI)
This organization works to support women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum periods. Call their toll-free warmline ( 1-800-944-4773) to connect with trained experts who can offer support, encouragement, and referrals. Their free weekly support groups meet online and provide guidance, support, and resources for anyone struggling with perinatal mood disorders, as well as military and NICU families.
Postpartum Stress Center
Educational information, support, resources, and self-help tools, all focused on maternal mental health. MothertoBaby.org
Reliable, evidence-based information on taking medication during pregnancy and postpartum, including while breastfeeding. InfantRisk.com
Comprehensive information and research on the impact of specific medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding. MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health
Up-to-date evidence-based research on women’s mental health issues and psychiatric disorders occurring during pregnancy and postpartum. Fourth Trimester Project
Expert-written and evidence-based information for families on all aspects of the postpartum experience.




PERINATAL MOOD + ANXIETY DISORDERS


Do I have postpartum depression?
A simple quiz to evaluate whether you’re experiencing PPD as well as links to resources on getting help, support, and treatment.
“Baby blues” vs postpartum depression/anxiety
This article helps clarify the differences between the two and will help you determine when to reach out for help. The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety in Plain Mama English
Easy to read, basic, straightforward no-nonsense info about what to look for and when to seek help. Postpartum Pact
A guide and checklist for families to prepare and plan for any potential postpartum mental health issues – an essential tool for any expectant family!




INFERTILITY + PREGNANCY/INFANT LOSS


Resolve.org
The ultimate resource for information, emotional support, activism, and community for individuals experiencing infertility, pregnancy loss, or who are exploring adoption.
Conquering Infertility
Dr. Alice Domar covers everything you need to know about fertility tests, treatment, and coping with the stresses of trying to conceive. Hand to Hold
Resources, information, and support for bereaved and NICU families. Return to Zero
Support, education, and community for families facing infant and pregnancy loss, pregnancy after loss, and perinatal trauma.




MOTHERHOOD + PARENTING SUPPORT


A Letter to New Moms
Therapist Karen Kleiman unpacks and challenges the many, many myths about the “perfect mother.”
The Birth of a Mother
Alexandra Sacks, MD discusses the idea of “matrescence” or the transition into motherhood. Janet Lansbury
Author of “No Bad Kids” addresses any and all issues of parenting infants through older toddlers with compassion and respect. Renegade Mothering
Brilliant, hilarious, emotional truth teller Janelle addresses every aspect of the parenting journey. The Longest Shortest Time
Terrific and quirky podcast exploring all different angles of fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and child raising.




LOCAL RESOURCES FOR HOPEFUL, EXPECTANT + NEW MOMS


Maternal Mental Health Collective of Savannah
We provide mental health care, resources, information, and training on maternal mental health in the Savannah area.
Midwife Group & Women’s Health and Birth Center
Compassionate, skilled, and patient-centered health care for women in coastal Georgia. Essential Yoga Doula Savannah doula Ann Carroll offers labor doula services, pregnancy and postpartum yoga, fertility yoga, and hypnobirthing classes. Latch Breastfeeding Support
Helen Pastures and her team help address any and all concerns around breastfeeding with compassion, wisdom, and grace. Core Therapy
Pelvic floor physical therapy for women needing help with pelvic pain, trauma, and any pregnancy or postpartum issues. Heal Acupuncture
Nicole Ware uses Chinese herbs and acupuncture to treat any pregnancy and postpartum issues as well as infertility.




RECOMMENDED READING


Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions From Pregnancy to Motherhood by Catherine Birndorff & Alexandra Sacks The Fourth Trimester​ by Kimberly Ann Johnson This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression​ by Karen Kleiman Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts ​by Karen Kleiman Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts​ by Karen Kleiman Awake at 3am​ by Suzannah Neufeld
Strong As a Mother​ by Kate Rope Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression by Teresa Wong