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A cognitive behaviour therapy-based self-management guide for women. Information for women.

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A cognitive behaviour therapy-based self-management guide for women. Handouts for Women.

Perinatal depression and anxiety is an important health concern that impacts as many as one in five women and families across the province. This course represents a continued commitment from the Ministry of Health to support women and families with perinatal depression and anxiety. The course contains an introductory module, four lesson modules, and a short graded test module. Each of the four lesson modules focuses on a key theme:

  • Education and Prevention: promoting positive mental wellness, offering education about PND/A, destigmatizing mental health concerns, identifying risk and protective factors
  • Screening and Assessment: clarifying the PHN role in screening and assessing women for perinatal anxiety and depression to support early identification and treatment
  • Treatment and Self- Management: addressing the barriers to seeking care, this module focuses on the role of PHNs supporting the mental health and well being, and resiliency of women and family by offering information and education, exploring support options, referring for treatment, and supporting client self-management and self-care
  • Coping and Support: how to support women and families to access the full range of supports available to facilitate their recovery

Did you know?

In BC, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale is used to screen for perinatal depression



This course was developed by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with BC Reproductive Mental Health Program, Provincial Health Service Authority, BC Council for Families, Pacific Post Partum Support Society and all health authorities in BC. It has been informed by “Addressing Perinatal Depression: A Framework for BC’s Health Authorities” and other provincial best practice resources that have been published on perinatal mental health disorders.


  • Formation: this initiative was informed by the results of a Needs Assessment conducted with 187 Public Health Nurses and administrators representing all five regional Health Authorities across the province. The purpose of the assessment was to identify practice support needs in order to provide effective and responsive public health services for individuals with perinatal depression and anxiety
  • Collaboration: the course was developed with guidance from the Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Steering Committee, the Journey to Perinatal Wellbeing Working Group, PHN and other subject matter experts, and with consideration to the lived experiences of women as provided by the Pacific Post Partum Support Society
  • Consultation: user acceptance testing was conducted by 14 representatives from health authorities, partner organizations, and the Ministry of Health. Case Studies for advanced learning sessions were developed by subject matter experts to support further integration of course content and build skills for complex case management

Foundational Documents 

This program serves pregnant women and moms who have a history of trauma that may affect a mom’s ability to bond with her child. The purpose of the program is to help those moms repair attachment wounds. 

Public Health Nurses (PHNs) are a critical link in early identification and effective follow up for women and families experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety. This course will help build skills and expertise to screen, assess and offer responsive support services to families where a parent (or parents) are experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety. Advancing your knowledge and skill in this area will help ensure that women and families in BC receive the timely treatment and support they need, improving maternal, child and family health outcomes, and promoting positive mental health for women and families.

Through this course you will:

  • Build your understanding of the four pillars used to address perinatal depression and anxiety (education and prevention, screening and assessment, treatment and self-management, and coping and support) and learn how to apply them to your practice
  • Increase your knowledge of the latest research and evidence-informed practices with tips and resources
  • Understand the PHN role in working across the service delivery continuum that includes primary care providers, reproductive mental health psychiatrists, mental health providers and other community supports for perinatal women and families.

Course Features:

Easy-to-digest information
Custom videos
Quizzes and reflective exercises

Target Audiences:

Public Health Nurses
Nurse Practitioners
Social workers

Journey to Perinatal Well Being: e Tools and Resources to Identify and Support Women with Perinatal Depression and Anxiety is an online course and suite of practice support resources for public health nurses (and other health and social service providers who work with perinatal women and families) to build capacity to provide responsive support services for women and families experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety.