If you feel that you or a loved one may be suffering from pregnancy-related mood disorder, we strongly encourage you to reach out to your healthcare provider.

If you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby or if your pregnant/postpartum loved one is exhibiting frightening or bizarre thoughts/behaviors call 911 immediately. A phone call is the first, and sometimes the hardest, step toward getting well.




Mothers Strong is a group dedicated to bringing vital mental health information to moms and families in the North State area.

1 in 5 women experience a mood disorder during or after childbirth, according to the American Psychological Association.

Support Groups

Butte County

Enloe Mother & Baby Care Center

Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Group: Getting ready for a new baby and parenting are exciting and important times.

Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center hosts this group that is led by facilitators, this group provides peer support to patients who are pregnant or have recently given birth. They provide active listening, validation and resources for further services in the community. Hear from other women and share your experiences.

This group meets every Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at Women’s Services, 1665 Esplanade in Chico. If you need more information, please call 530-332-5017.

Virtual

Postpartum Support International

It is the vision of Postpartum Support International (PSI) that every woman and family worldwide will have access to information, social support, and informed professional care to deal with mental health issues related to childbearing. All PSI facilitated peer-to-peer support groups are 90 minutes in length and include education, information, and discussion.

PSI has over 20 different support groups for parents, here are some we'd like to highlight:

  • Perinatal (Pregnancy & Postpartum) Mood Support for Moms
  • Pregnancy Mood Support Group

To learn more about or register for PSI support groups visit their website at www.postpartum.net/get-help/psi-online-support-meetings/

Butte County Therapists

All local therapists listed here have received specialized training in working with women and families who are experiencing maternal depression and anxiety.


Aracely Munguia, LCSW 530-588-6432
aracelymunguialcsw@gmail.com
Telehealth: Yes
In-Person: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Methods of Payment: Private pay, Private Insurance Out of Network, California Health and Wellness Medi-Cal and Anthem Blue Cross managed Medi-Cal.
Other Information: Bilingual in Spanish and English.

Gail Garcia, LCSW 530-588-5817
gailgarcialcsw@gmail.com
Telehealth: Yes
In-Person: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Wait List
Methods of Payment: Private Pay, Private Insurance, Medi-Cal.

Sarah Frohock, LCSW 530-321-6523
sfrohocklcsw@gmail.com

Telehealth: Yes
In-Person: No
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Methods of Payment: Private Pay, Private Insurance, Medi-Cal and Sliding Scale Fee, Contracted through Claremont EAP

Sue Matthiessen, LCSW 530-894-2238
suematthiessen@gmail.com
Telehealth: Yes
In-Person: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Wait List
Methods of Payment: Medicare, Private Pay

Christina Mercy-Kemp, LCSW 530-570-9211
hospicemercy@yahoo.com
Telehealth: Yes
In-Person: No
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Methods of Payment: Anthem Blue Cross, MHN and California Health and Wellness

Alisha Ready, LCSW 530-566-4498
alishareadylcsw@att.net
Telehealth: Yes
In-Person: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Methods of Payment: Anthem-Medical, California Health and Wellness and MHN

Sarah Barker, LMFT 530-282-5468
sarahbarkerlmft@gmail.com
Telehealth: Yes
In-Person: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Methods of Payment: Private Pay, Out of Network, Sliding Scale Fee

Emma Todd, LCSW 530-366-0755
emma@toddcounseling.org
Telehealth: Yes
In-Person: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Methods of Payment: Private Pay

Laura Swanson, MSW, ASW 831-818-8072
laura@wildwoodperinatal.org

Telehealth: Yes
In-Person: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Methods of Payment: Private Pay

Postpartum Support International maintains a provider directory for mothers seeking mental health services that only features professionals trained by PSI on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. The Provider Directory can be accessed at this link.

Online Resources

Mother's Strong Social Media

Mothers Strong Facebook page is a space where the Mothers Strong Coalition shares posts with information, reminders, and relatable content. Mother's Strong understands the importance of building strong families. Join the conversation and know that you are not alone.

Facebook

Instagram

Mothers Strong Café

Mothers Strong Café is a Facebook group designed to be a safe space where moms can support each other through the challenges of new motherhood. Questions and experiences related to postpartum depression and anxiety and local resources are welcomed. This page is designed to be an online forum for peer support, and not a substitute for mental health services.

Request to Join

Local Resources (Other)

Wildwood Perinatal Collective

Wildwood Perinatal Collective is a membership-based full-spectrum reproductive wellness collective serving all of Butte County. We are a collective of body workers, therapists, midwives, doulas and more looking to make perinatal care collaborative, responsive, and accessible. Wildwood offers or can connect clients with support groups, birth/postpartum doula support, placenta encapsulation, yoga, breath work coaching, birth photography, massage, acupuncture, midwifery, and more!

Phone Support

Butte County Behavioral Health Crisis Services


Immediately connects individuals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to a mental health professional for telephone intervention, information, or referrals.

Walk-in counseling is available 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days a week, including holidays, for individuals to receive face-to-face crisis intervention and assessment.

COVID Notice: Services are available via phone, video conference, or in-person with added illness prevention precautions. Please call ahead before coming to the clinic. When arriving for an appointment, please make sure that you have a mask. If you are feeling sick, please call your provider to make alternative arrangements (reschedule, virtual appointment).

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached via phone call at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) and the Spanish Language line can be reached at at 1-888-628-9454. National Suicide Prevention also offers an instant messaging option. To access the Chat, visit their website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org and select 'Chat' at the top of the screen.

Postpartum Support International Help Line (Non-Urgent)

1-800-944-4773

The Help Line can be reached via phone call or text message at 1-800-944-4773 (1-800-944-4PPD). Will call back within 24 hours. To reach the Spanish helpline individuals can call 1-800-944-4773 and press #1 or text 971-420-0294. PSI is not a crisis hotline but rather a Help Line.

Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women suffering from pregnancy-related or postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. They also work to educate family, friends, and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover.

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 1-833-943-5746

Staffed by licensed and credentialed perinatal mental health and healthcare providers, childbirth professionals, and certified peer specialists, the Hotline provides immediate and informed access to support, understanding, brief intervention, and resources to all pregnant, postpartum, and post-loss individuals AND their partners and families.

Call or text the Hotline anytime to connect. You do not need a diagnosis to reach out for help – we are here for you.

Resources For Providers

Postpartum Support International

Trainings & Certifications

PSI offers multiple different trainings, including Frontline Provider Trainings, various webinar series, a Free Maternal Mental Health Webinar, and certificate trainings, with the most popular certificate training is the 2-Day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care geared toward Mental Health and Clinical Professionals, First 5 Butte has professional development funds available to local professionals, to learn more about funding opportunities visit the Apply For Funding page on this website.

Psychiatric Consult Line

The Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line is a free service available by appointment for medical professionals who have questions about maternal mental health care during the pregnant, postpartum, and pre-conception planning. The line is staffed by reproductive psychiatrists that are members of PSI and specialize in the perinatal mental health disorder treatment. To create an appointment call 1-877-499-4773.

Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental Health

Virtual Rounds

Every Wednesday from 2-3 PM EST, the Center for Women's Mental Health offers interactive virtual rounds for health care professionals. The virtual rounds include discussion around how providers think about treatment options with respect to presented cases and the decisions patients make about treatment before, during, and after pregnancy. Particular attention is given to the safest use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy, the postpartum period and lactation. To register for this resource visit the MGH Center for Women's Mental Health website.

Other Resources

MGH Center for Women's Mental Health maintains a resource page that includes links to online resources, professional organizations, and training materials and assessment tools that are useful for mental health and medical professionals when treating a mother for a PMAD. Resources on these websites include educational material for patients, diagnosis information for professionals and consultation lines.