Free emotional support services

If the challenges of pregnancy and early-years parenting get too much, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, we’re here for you.

Through pregnancy and the early years

Are you struggling with the emotional highs and lows of pregnancy or parenting? Is it affecting your life, wellbeing or relationships, particularly with your little one? You’re not alone.

Many mums and dads struggle during what can be a joyful but often overwhelming time. And our counsellors and therapists are here to help, with free support that empowers you to:

  • deal with challenges
  • build a healthy relationship and bond with your baby
  • thrive as a family 

From conception to baby’s fourth birthday, from prenatal testing to pregnancy loss, you can rely on our specialist advice and support.

St John of God Raphael Services

A more enjoyable, fulfilling parenting experience starts here

The sooner you reach out for help, the sooner you and your baby will be able to bond and move forward. So, if you feel like it’s time to talk, the first step is to see your GP, who can refer you to a St John of God Raphael Services.

How does it work?

Once your GP has referred you to our team, we’ll conduct an initial assessment. We’ll ask you about your current and past mental health, and what’s been going on during your pregnancy or since becoming a parent.

Your support plan may include:

  • Individual counselling. One-on-one meetings with a clinician for perinatal mental health counselling and therapy sessions, which we can conduct via telehealth (phone or video)
  • Group therapy. A valuable opportunity to connect with other parents experiencing similar feelings and challenges
  • Psychiatric support. Treatment for mental health issues, including prescriptions for medication, if necessary

Read our frequently asked questions for more information about how appointments work and perinatal anxiety and depression.

Community charter and commitment to child safety

Our Community Charter details your rights and responsibilities when partnering with us, consistent with the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights. St John of God Raphael Services is committed to providing a safe environment for all children/young people in its care and proactively takes measures to ensure children/young people who attend our services are physically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally safe. 

Ready to take the next step?

Getting help early is the key to bonding well with your baby and moving towards a more enjoyable and fulfilling parenting experience. The first step is to see your GP, who can refer you to the service closest to you.

You will also need a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP. St John of God Raphael Services provides free or no out-of-pocket personalised counselling and support for mums, dads and families through the emotional challenges of pregnancy and early parenthood.

Contact us today to find out how we can support you. Contact numbers are provided in the location list below.

Where we offer these services

Call 1800 292 292 to speak to one of our friendly caregivers.

36-38 First Avenue, Blacktown NSW 2148
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

U13, 25-51 Learmonth Road, Wendouree VIC 3355
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

15 MacKenzie Street, Bendigo VIC 3550
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

57 Fairholme Boulevard, Berwick VIC 3806
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

Lower level, 265 Ryrie Street, Geelong VIC 3220
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

14/11 Wentworth Parade, Success WA 6164 

2/116 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah WA 6210

Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre
1 Watertank Way, Midland WA 6056

Level 3, 30 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo WA 6065

192 Cambridge Street, Wembley WA 6014

Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

Mailing address:
192 Cambridge Street
Wembley WA 6014