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Are you…

  • A survivor of postpartum depression, anxiety or other perinatal mood and anxiety disorder and want to provide help and hope to new mothers going through a similar experience?
  • A mental health professional interested in being added to PSVa’s website and referral list?
  • Interested in ensuring all maternity patients in Virginia will receive information about PMADs in hospital discharge paperwork?
  • Interested in broadening your life experiences?

We rely extensively on a state-wide network of dedicated volunteers who are the backbone of the organization.  Volunteers provide direct support to new mothers and their families experiencing a difficult time in their lives AND provide behind-the-scenes support to PSVa in a variety of administrative duties.  All volunteers have a positive impact on the lives of new and expectant mothers and their families.

Interested in helping new/pregnant birthing people and their families?

You can lead a support group or be a Peer Mentor, responding to calls and emails from those seeking support and information.

Interested in spreading the word about PMADs and PSVa?

Join our team of outreach volunteers who provide information to doctors’ offices and local moms’ groups.

Interested in projects and administration?

We always need help with events, mailings, research, and special projects.

We are eager and excited to talk with interested volunteers!

The first step is to complete the PSVa Volunteer Application The information provided is confidential and will help us learn more about you, your interests and your background.  If you have any questions, contact Lydia Anderson.

Join one of our trainings!

Social Support Training

This is a more detailed training, appropriate for anyone who supports birthing people during the perinatal period and is requirement to run a PSVa social support program.

Topics include:

• Maternal Mental Health: Not Just Postpartum Depression
• Risk factors & Vulnerable Populations
• PMADs Spectrum of Illness
• Partners & Depression/Anxiety
• Impact of Untreated PMADs
• Talking to Perinatal Women about Symptoms
• Path to Wellness
• PSVa’s Social Support Group Model
• Running a Social Support Group
• Confronting Tough Situations
• Emergency Protocols
• Role Play Scenarios

Peer Companion Training

For volunteers who have completed the PSVa Social Support Training and would like to work as a Peer Mentor, PSVa requires completion of this two-hour seminar.

Topics Include:

  • Roles and responsibilities of social support volunteers
  • How to become a peer mentor
  • Setting up the peer mentor system that works for them
  • Understanding red flags that require hand-off to trained professionals and knowledge of these resources
  • How to establish and maintain personal boundaries
  • The importance of debriefing and self-care