Where to Get Help in Illinois
PPD IL Alliance Support Group For Postpartum Depression and/or Anxiety

The PPD IL Alliance New Moms support group is designed to help new moms with children under the age of 1 year that are experiencing depression and/or anxiety. 

New Moms Supporting Each Other is a FREE guided monthly support group that meets in on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10.00 am - 11.30 am

This is not a therapy or treatment group but rather a way to help moms on the same journey connect with eachother. Discussions will address postpartum issues in a safe, non-judgmental environment. 

Please click here  or call 847-791-7722 to register for the group or to find out more details.

The group is led by Dr. Sarah Allen, Director of the PPD IL Alliance, who has had extensive psychotherapy and research experience treating pregnant and  postpartum mood disorders. For more information and to download a free Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum Stress, Anxiety & Depression click here.


PPD IL Alliance Workshop Series

Emotional Wellness For Moms is a workshop for pregnant and new moms, whether first-timers or more experienced, on how to nurture yourself and emotionally prepare for the adjustment of adding a new baby to the family.

Partners and babies are also welcome.

Next workshop:
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 10am - 11.30am
3400 Dundee Rd. #245
Northbrook, IL 60062

The workshop is FREE.

Pre-registration required by Monday December 1st.

Call 847 791-7722 to register or click here for more information.

The workshops are led by Dr. Sarah Allen, Director of the PPD IL Alliance, who has 20 years experience treating extensive psychotherapy and research experience treating pregnant and postpartum mood disorders.

For more information about individual, couple and family psychotherapy and to download a free Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum Stress, Anxiety & Depression click here.

Please note this workshop is for new moms and not for professionals wanting more information about treating perinatal mood disorders. Training workshops and conferences are listed under Events.




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Useful Illinois Resources

The Crisis Nursery
The Crisis Nursery provides short term care for children ages birth to six (6.11 years) for families who are experiencing a severe disruptive crisis such as domestic violence, parental stress, home crisis/homelessness, legal issues, family medical problem, mental health, substance use/abuse, public support/services, job/school issues or family instability.

Maryville's Crisis Nursery provides intervention, community based resource referrals and support to families for their re-stabilization and empowerment. Children will receive 24-hour quality care for up to three (3) days depending on the needs and goals of the family. An experienced Family Advocate Worker will be available 24 hours a day to connect families with community resources to meet the health, housing or emotional needs of the families. In addition, the Family Advocate Worker is available to provide counseling to the family going through crisis as needed.

4015 N. Oak Park Ave. Bldg. B
Chicago, Il 60634
24 hotline:  773-205-3637

The Crisis Nursery is a FREE program. There is no charge associated with the use of the Nursery. Here is the link for more info about Illinois Crisis Nurseries. You can also watch Crisis Nursery: One of a Kind. Very brief, but moving.
Other Resources

The Fussy Baby Network
Located in Chicago, we offer telephone support, home visits, parent groups, and a Fussy Baby Clinic for families with questions about crying, sleeping or feeding during the first 12 months of their baby’s life. 
Contact info: www.fussybabynetwork.org; 1-888-431.BABY answered M-F 9am to 5pm; e-mail fussybaby@erikson.edu  All calls are welcome.


Jennifer Mudd Houghtaling Postpartum Depression Foundation
The foundation was set up to encourage and assist hospitals in creating effective programs to identify and treat postpartum depression sufferers and to add new public education efforts.
http://www.ppdchicago.org


Melanie’s Battle
Melanie's Battle is a website devoted to raising awareness of postpartum psychosis and depression.
http://www.melaniesbattle.org


NorthShore University HealthSystem 1-866-364-MOMS
(1-866-364-6667) hotline is answered live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by caring, non-judgmental licensed mental health professionals.  All of us care about giving information, emotional support or referrals you need to start feeling better.  We serve women and families in need of support over pregnancy, postpartum or perinatal loss. We can talk to you in any language through interpreters.  Most of our referral information is for Illinois, especially Cook and Lake counties, but we try to help every caller regardless of where she lives. 
You are not alone.  We’re here to help. You don’t have to be a patient to call.


PCC Community Wellness Center
http://www.pccwellness.org
PCC Community Wellness Center provides comprehensive primary healthcare to Chicago and surrounding communities.
Support Groups & Treatment Programs in Illinois


All the resources we are aware of in Illinois are listed below but if you would like to communicate with one of our support volunteers click here to visit the Contact Us page.

If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.

Disclaimer: Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance (PPD IL) is not responsible for any individual member’s practice and is by no means recommending or endorsing any particular member, support group or treatment center on the list. PPD IL is merely providing a list of service providers and resources available.


Resources in Chicago

Healthcare Alternative Systems (HAS) Postpartum Depression Program
North Side Location: 1942 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 Tel: 773- 292-4242
South Side Location: 4534 S. Western Ave. Chicago, IL  60609 Tel: 773-254- 5141
Proviso Township Location: 9855 W Roosevelt Road. Westchester, IL 60154 Tel: 708-223-7175
Contact:
Marisol Vega, Case Manager -- mvega2681@hascares.org or 773-292-4242 (ext. 32).  Jennifer Novak, MS, LMFT, LPC, Program Manager – jnovak@hascares.org or 773-292-4242 (ext. 28).
WEBSITE: www.treatingmomswell.org
BLOG: Click here

  • All services are offered in English and in Spanish
  • No one is turned away for an inability to pay
  • Most insurance & Medicaid are accepted
  • A sliding fee scale for services is provided

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

   •  Clinical assessments and evaluations of perinatal women (pregnancy through   
       postpartum)
   •  Individual psychotherapy for women suffering from or at risk for developing PPD
       following the birth of their baby (up to one year postpartum)
   •  Psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring
   •  Bi-weekly support groups are provided to all current clients
   •  Psycho-education provided both to Moms as well as to significant others and family
       members to assist in fostering mutual understanding and support 
   •  Individually tailored treatment plans to ensure that the specific needs of each woman  
       we serve are addressed
   •  Case management services
   •  PPD educational workshops for healthcare and social service providers as well as  
       informational workshops for new and/or expectant mothers


Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Behavioral Health Services
Support Group for New and Expecting Mothers
938 W. Neslon St., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60657

Meets every Thursday from 12-1:30pm
Accepts Medicaid or a $5 fee per session
Babies under the age of 1 welcome in group
Call Dr. Merissa Malacara at 773-296-3126 for more information.


"Transitions to Motherhood Part 2" meets weekly at Northwestern Memorial's Prentice Hospital on Wednesdays from 10:30 - Noon.  New members can register by calling 312-926-8400.  The group is ongoing and members can enter at any time, although they are asked to pay nominal tuition every 4 weeks.


Women’s Mood Disorders Program at NMFF Psychiatry-Arkes Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
676 N. St. Clair Street, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611

NMFF Psychiatry-Arkes is a specialized clinic where mothers with behavioral health concerns are the primary focus. Our expert team of psychologists uses cutting-edge, empirically-supported psychotherapies to treat mood disorders with an informed perspective of women’s health.  In addition, our psychology team offers:

•  Time-limited psychotherapies
•  Rapid scheduling for therapy appointments
•  Access to a medication evaluation by a perinatal psychiatrist in conjunction with ongoing psychotherapy
•  Opportunities to participate in novel clinical research interventions designed by national leaders in Postpartum Depression

Our highly trained team of psychologists can help mothers who face unique issues germane to the postpartum period, such as:
•  Depression and Bipolar Disorder
•  Partner Relationship Difficulties
•  Anxiety and Stress Management
•  Parent Concerns about infant behavior (such as sleep, crying)

Contact Katherine Wisner, M.D., M.S. <katherine.wisner@northwestern.edu>
Phone: 312-695-8441 or http://psychiatry.northwestern.edu/research/asher-center/index.html


The UIC Women's Mental Health Program
The UIC Women's Mental Health Program provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for a range of perinatal illnesses, with treatment consisting of individual therapy (CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, Group Therapy) and medication management with emphasis on pregnancy and postpartum. Additionally, one-time consultations are offered for cases related to medication management in women that have psychiatric illness and are planning pregnancy.
Inpatient: (312) 996-7000 (make sure to ask for Psychiatry on call) &
Outpatient: (312) 355-1223 or see http://www.psych.uic.edu/clinical/women.htm.


Fussy Fussy Baby Network and Beyond the Baby Blues
Bi-monthly drop-in support group for moms, along with their young babies, who are adjusting to life with a fussy baby.
Who: Parents and their babies, from birth-crawling
Where: Sod Room, 1454 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
When: 1st and 3rd Thursday from 9:00-10:00
Fee: Each group $6 per family, or as able.

For more information please call Nancy Mork 312-893-7195 or email nmork@erikson.edu


Elk Grove

Drzwi Nadziei Polish Language Support Group
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
800 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month 11:00-12:30
Babies are welcome.

Contact: Lita Simanis, LCSW on 847-981-3644.

Dla wsparcia języka polskiego
Teresa Gielzynski, LCSW, ICDVP 847 230 3749

Drzwi Nadziei to grupa wsparcia dla matek zmagających się z depresją poporodową lub poporodowym zaburzeniem nastroju. A także dla tych, które tylko potrzebują otuchy innych kobiet.
Celem grupy jest nie tylko udzielenie kobietom wsparcia lecz również pomoc w odbudowaniu siły, nadziei i poczucia wartości.
Dołącz do nas! Nie musisz być sama!
Niemowlęta Mile Widziane.


Evanston

Beyond the Baby Blues

This is a 6 week support group in Evanston for women who are adjusting to mood changes and life with a new baby. Evanston on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 2pm. 

Wednesdays 12:30-2 (includes lunch) at The Yellow House, 2956 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201. You can bring your baby.  

To refer a potential group member or obtain more detailed information, please contact the group leader Nancy Segall, LCSW at beyondthebabyblues@gmail.com or 847-864-7957 to register or for more information.

A pre-natal group for pregnant women who already are experiencing depression or anxiety will meet in Evanston on Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 7pm. To refer a potential group member or obtain more detailed information, email Nancy Segall, LCSW at beyondthebabyblues@gmail.com or phone 847-864-7957

In collaboration with the Fussy Baby Network called Fussy Baby Blues and offered online for women who are dealing with both a fussy baby and symptoms of depression or anxiety for whom an in-person group is either too challenging or not a geographic possibility. This group is offered for women throughout the state of Illinois and will meet on Tuesdays from 10 - 11:30am. Participation in this group requires a computer with a microphone and camera.  To refer a potential group member or obtain more detailed information, email Nancy Mork, LCSW at nmork@erikson.eduor phone 312-893-7195.
 

Geneva


Cadence Health Delnor Hospital in Geneva

We offer our free Postpartum Connection Support Group every Tuesday from 10:00-11:30. 
Cadence Health recognizes that perinatal mood disorders are a common challenge for many women.  Our Postpartum Connection Support Group provides new mothers with the supportive intervention as well as social support from other mothers that is crucial during this time of transition.  If you are experiencing any of the perinatal mood disorder symptoms, our facilitators are specially trained to help and support you.  We want you to know that you are not alone, you are not to blame and you will feel well again. Children are always welcome.

Our facilitator is Stephanie Krantz -  e-mail is stephanie.krantz@cadencehealth.org. Tel: 630-933-1964


Hinsdale

Postpartum Support Group
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital 120 N. Oak St. Hinsdale, IL 60521
Tuesdays at 1.30pm
Please contact group leaders for information:
Sarah Cline, LCSW 630-856-5266 & Lauren Weber, LCSW 630-856-4390


Hoffman Estates

Alexian Brother Pregnancy & Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorder Program
Perinatal Depression Support Group:  Offered through the hospital three times a month for women who are suffering with a pregnancy or postpartum mood disorder.

Couples support Group:  for couples who need support dealing with PPD or pregnancy  depression/anxiety.  This is a support group that offers additional education regarding 

PPD and discussion about their changing roles as parents.

Prenatal screening:  Offered in the OB’s offices; followed up by our Program contacting the women who are at risk for a perinatal depression.  We meet and prepare a Birth Plan for the woman, collaborating with her CNM, OB, Pediatrician, Behavioral Health specialists, and our OB department.
Education: regarding postpartum depression offered to the patients and families during their hospital stay and after discharge from the hospital.
Outpatient consultations & evaluations for psycho-education and referrals are made to behavioral health professionals.

Collaboration with various community agencies: Lactation Consultants, Home Health Nurses, Behavioral Health professionals, EAPs, Marketing department, physicians and nurses.  This is an essential part of the success of the model program.

For further information or referrals to our Program please contact Lita Simanis LCSW Counselor, Pregnancy & Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorder Program  847-755-3220.


Inverness

From Despair to Hope Postpartum Depression Program at PHD, a counseling center for pregnancy help and education.
Address: 1610 Colonial Parkway, Inverness, IL 60067
Contact: Katie Kmiecik at 847-359-4919 or e-mail  katie.kmiecik@sphd.org

Postpartum Depression Support Group - free of charge
Meets every Saturday 10am - 11am 
An assessment is needed before attending the group.
Clients do not need to attend every group just drop in when ready!

GROUP IS FREE.

Groups are started as needed to meet requests and cover topics such as symptoms, self-care, obstacles to getting better and coping techniques.

Other services at PHD include:

  • Clinical assessments and evaluations of perinatal women.
  • Counseling services for women who are pregnant or have a child under the age of 3 (fee is on a sliding scale depending on what you can afford).
  • Postpartum Depression Support Groups in collaboration with Northwest Community Hospital.
  • Postpartum Depression education given to clients as well as significant others and family members.
  • Assistance in providing the client with necessities for a child; such as diapers, formula, and clothing.
  • All services available in English and Spanish.

SUPPORT GROUP & EDUCATION SERVICES ARE FREE. SLIDING SCALE FEE FOR COUNSELING.

Naperville

Edward Hospital Family Time: A Support Group for New Moms and Dads.
1ST Saturday of the month at 12:00 Noon
6010 Route 53, Suite B, Lisle, Il. 60532

All family members are welcome.

Our goal is to support and educate you, your partner and/or loved ones.  Topics of discussion will include signs and symptoms of PMADs, practical education on how to support a woman with PMAD and how PMADs affect the entire family unit.  Nina Appadurai, Psy.D., leads this group.  Nina is a staff psychotherapist and Post-Doctoral Fellow in private practice and is certified by Postpartum Support International as a postpartum mood disorders specialist.  There is no cost for attending this support group.  For more information , please contact Nina Appadurai at 630.849.5155.


Edward Hospital Nurturing Mom: A support group for moms with post-partum depression and anxiety.
The birth of a baby can trigger powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect depression and/or anxiety. The Nurturing Mom support group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 11:45 am, immediately following Cradle Talk (a weekly support group designed for new first-time parents and their newborns). The group meets at Our Savior Lutheran's Church,815 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540.  Babies are welcome. No registration necessary. You may call the Cradle Talk line at (630) 527-3957 for directions to the facility.

Call the Mom's Line: Edward also provides a phone line dedicated to women, or anyone concerned about a woman, who may be experiencing signs or symptoms of post-partum depression. Call our Mom's Line at (630) 527-7294.


Northbrook

New Moms Supporting Each Other is a therapeutic, professionally guided group for mothers with their babies (ages 0 to 12 months) that meets the first and third Monday of the month in Northbrook. Discussions will address postpartum issues in a safe, non-judgmental environment. We will share the excitement of motherhood and address the challenges of parenting together. 

Address: 3400 Dundee Rd. #245, Northbrook, IL.
Please call 847-791-7722 to register or click here for more details.

The group is led by Dr. Sarah Allen, Director of the PPD IL Alliance, who has had extensive psychotherapy and research experience treating pregnant and  postpartum mood disorders.

In addition to the support group and workshop for new moms, Dr. Allen offers therapy and consultations in her Northbrook office or via telephone or online video conferencing.

For more information and to download a free Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum Stress, Anxiety & Depression click here.


Oak Lawn

P.A.S.T. Postpartum Adjustment Support Team holds a free support group the first and third Tuesday of the month  from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (meetings begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.) at  Advocate Christ Conference Center, 9400 S. Kilbourn, Room 0614, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453 (Entrance off Kilbourn Ave, next to Imaging Center).

Free parking is available. Infants are welcome

Please call 708.684.1333


Peoria

OSF Saint Francis Women's Services: Glen Professional Plaza-3rd floor
4911 N. Executive Drive Peoria, IL 61614. Phone: (309) 683-6672


Springfield

New Moms-Dealing with Feelings - St. John's Children's Hospital--Carol Jo Vecchie Women and Children's Center Springfield, IL.

Classes: Every other Friday (from 11am to 12pm) in NICU Conference Room-4th Floor
Group is free and led by Beth LaFata, MA,NCC in mutually supportive setting.

Call Parent Help Line at (217) 544-5808 or 1-888-727-5889 or St. John's Children's Hospital Birth Consultants at (217) 744-2229.


Winfield

Cadence Health Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield

Cadence Health recognizes that perinatal mood disorders are a common challenge for many women.  We offer Postpartum Connection Support Group every Wednesday from 11:00am-12:30pm and Thursday evening from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.

Our Postpartum Connection Support Group provides new mothers with the supportive intervention as well as social support from other mothers that is crucial during this time of transition.  If you are experiencing any of the perinatal mood disorder symptoms, our facilitators are specially trained to help and support you. We want you to know that you are not alone, you are not to blame and you will feel well again. Children are always welcome.

Our facilitator is Stephanie Krantz -  e-mail is stephanie.krantz@cadencehealth.org. Tel: 630-933-1964

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If you would like to speak or email with one of our volunteers for support and to find out more about the resources available in IL please call 847 205-4455 or email support@ppdil.org

If you run a free support group please email sarahallen@ppdil.org to be added to our resource list.

Disclaimer: Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance (PPD IL) is not responsible for any individual member’s practice and is by no means recommending or endorsing any particular member, support group or treatment center on the list. PPD IL is merely providing a list of service providers and resources available.