Māori mothers' experiences of mental wellbeing and distress

Tēnā koutou!

Ko Rachel Knight tōku ingoa, he uri ahau no Kāi Tahu and I’m a project at Innovation Unit. We’re working on a project to improve the hauora of wāhine Māori who are also Māmā. To do this, we want to understand Māori mothers’ lived experiences of mental distress and what information, resources, or support could help reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, and/or depression. Your experiences and whakaaro will inform new ideas which will be then be co-designed and tested with Māori mothers, whānau and health professionals.

We’d love to talk to you if you’re a wāhine Māori Māmā who:
- experienced any kind of mental distress* from becoming hapū, up to your pēpi being 1 year old
- have now come to a better place and are happy to share your experience of what helped
- live in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, Whanganui ā Tara/Wellington, or the Te Hiku rohe/Far North (if you live somewhere else but would like to share your story, we'd still love to chat over the phone or via video chat).

*Mental distress during the perinatal period can include but is not limited to: feeling stressed and overwhelmed, feeling that you can’t cope, feeling down or low mood, strong feelings of guilt, antenatal/postnatal depression or anxiety, bipolar disorder, generalised anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and social phobias, eating disorders, postpartum psychosis, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. You do not have to have a diagnosis by a health professional to participate in this research.

You can choose between:
- a kōrero at a time and place that is convenient to you, or
- participating in a small group session with other mothers in your area in a child-friendly local space
- sharing you story over video chat/phone at a time that suits you.

You’ll receive a koha ($40 countdown/fuel voucher) for your time and you’re very welcome to bring your pēpi/tamariki and/or a support person with you - whānau, partner, friend, or whoever you’d like.

All sessions are confidential - key points and quotes from the discussion will be noted down (and audio recorded only if you are comfortable to do so), then combined with all of the other interview answers with no names attached and no way to identify any individuals. The themes that come out of all of the sessions will be written into a report, which you will receive a copy of, if you choose.

If you’d like to participate and share your story, please fill in your contact details below so we can get in touch. Alternatively, if you have any questions or concerns, please email rachel.knight@innovationunit.org

Aku mihi ki a koutou!

Information on Perinatal Mental Health:
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa: (04) 461 6318 or visit pada.nz

Where to get help:
Need to Talk? Free call or text 1737 any time to speak to a trained counsellor, for any reason.
Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 / 0508 TAUTOKO (24/7)
Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (24/7)
Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (24/7)
Rural Support Trust Helpline: 0800 787 254
Healthline: 0800 611 116
If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

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