Postpartum Support International (PSI) has taken another step forward in providing accessible mental health support for individuals navigating the challenges of pregnancy, postpartum, and loss with the launch of its new mobile application, Connect by PSI.

The Connect by PSI app, available for free download in both the App Store and Google Play Store, serves as a comprehensive resource hub for individuals seeking support and information related to perinatal mental health disorders (PMHD). The app caters to the diverse needs of the perinatal mental health community, including new parents, individuals experiencing loss, healthcare professionals, and more.

Upon opening the app, users are presented with three simple choices: “I want to talk to someone,” “I want to learn more,” and “I want to connect with others.” Each choice leads to a menu of options and features tailored to the user’s needs, including:

  • Support groups: Connect with peers who have experienced similar challenges, fostering a sense of community and understanding.
  • Immediate help: Access PSI’s helpline and crisis assistance with just a few taps, available in both English and Spanish.
  • Expert guidance: Tap into a network of trained professionals and volunteers ready to offer support and information about maternal mental health.
  • Educational resources: Access articles and materials covering various topics related to perinatal mental health, including self-care tips, coping strategies, and treatment options.

“We know the people who need us most often have very little time to care for their own needs, so we are always looking for ways to welcome them into our community,” said Wendy Davis PhD, PMH-C, executive director of Postpartum Support International. “This app embodies our commitment to providing accessible, stigma-free support for individuals navigating the mental health challenges surrounding pregnancy, postpartum, and/or loss. With Connect by PSI, we want to educate, empower, and uplift those affected by perinatal mental health disorders and foster a sense of community on their journey to healing.”

PMHDs, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and psychosis, affect a significant portion of individuals during the perinatal period. The launch of Connect by PSI represents a critical step in addressing the needs of those struggling with these disorders, offering a lifeline of support and resources.

Founded in 1987, Postpartum Support International is dedicated to increasing awareness and providing support for individuals experiencing emotional difficulties during and after pregnancy. Through initiatives like Connect by PSI, PSI wants to eliminating stigma and ensuring compassionate care and support are available to all families.

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