- Provides support through empathy, active listening, encouragement, and developing positive therapeutic relationships where persons are encouraged to find solutions or approaches that work for them.
- Can be effectively provided as a type of psychosocial support for postpartum depression in both individual and group formats, and it can be facilitated by trained nurses or other health-care providers.
- Requires nurses of members of the interprofessional team to take the following steps:
- establish a positive relationship with the person;
- focus on the person’s experience; support their ability to manage their own situation and solve any identified problems;
- ensure a clear understanding of the person’s perspective;
- be open and transparent in all communications;
- refer to additional supports (such as a psychologist or other mental health specialist) in cases of more moderate-to-severe depression; and
- refer and facilitate access to an urgent care facility in cases of identified risk of self-harm or suicide by the person.
Women and Children
Assessment and Interventions Perinatal Depression
Point of Care Resources