Mothers Strong – Help for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

FinalLogoMothersStrongMothers Strong is a group dedicated to bringing vital mental health information to moms and families in the North State area.
Please note that Butte 2-1-1 and Mother Strong do not provide therapy or counseling. We do not provide a hotline or a warmline, and cannot provide advice via email. However, if you feel that you or a loved one may be suffering from pregnancy-related or postpartum depression/anxiety, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help by calling 211 to find support, counseling and other resources in your community. If you are outside of Butte County you can ask for help by reaching out to Postpartum Support International at 1-800-944-4773 or, or by speaking to your healthcare provider.

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If you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby or if your pregnant/postpartum loved one is exhibiting frightening or bizarre thoughts/behaviors call 911 immediately. A phone call is the first, and sometimes the hardest, step toward getting well.

The following is a list of resources compiled by Mothers Strong for women suffering from pregnancy-related or postpartum depression in Butte County. For additional parenting and family resources you can call 2-1-1 or visit our searchable database.

Local Support Groups:

  • Enloe Mother & Baby Care Center
    251 Cohasset Road
    Chico, CA. 95926
    Getting ready for a new baby and parenting are exciting and important times. Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center wants to help you and your family prepare. Their goal is to provide excellent services that promote healthy living for babies and families. A Registered Nurse Educator will facilitate self-care topics including nourishing mind, body and soul, understanding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, resources in the community and more.


  • Mother to Mother
    Family Place
    1007 Billie Road
    Paradise, CA. 95969
    1st & 3rd Monday: 10 a.m.
    A support group for mothers who are pregnant or have a child age 0-2 and feel like their experience having a child isn’t what they thought it would be. Feelings could include being disconnected, hopeless, tired, angry, or not being able to snap out of it. Childcare, refreshments and transportation are provided.


  • Promotores Postpartum Support Groups- Spanish Speaking
    530-345-1600 ext. 2134
    995 Spruce Street
    Gridley, CA 95973
    Tuesdays: 10:30am – 12:00pm
    During the first year after childbirth many women experience anxiety, excessive worries, sadness, fearfulness, difficulty sleeping (even when your baby is sleeping), and guilt. You are not alone. We can help you through this period of your life. This group will provide a safe and supportive environment for sharing your feelings, questions, and concerns. You will learn to better understand what is happening to you and why, as you gain skills to help you cope and feel better. This group is offered to mothers of infants 0-12 months. Lessons will be facilitated in Spanish.Durante el primer año después del parto muchas mujeres experimentan ansiedad, preocupaciones excesivas, tristeza, temor, dificultad para dormir (incluso cuando su bebé duerme) y culpa. No estas sola. Nosotros podemos ayudarla en este periodo de su vida. Este grupo le proporcionará un ambiente seguro y de apoyo para compartir sentimientos, preguntas y preocupaciones. Usted aprenderá a entender mejor lo que le está sucediendo y por qué, a medida que adquiere habilidades que le ayudarán a lidiar y sentirse mejor. Este grupo se ofrece a madres de niños de 0-12 meses. Las lecciones serán facilitadas en español.


    All local therapists listed in this directory have received specialized training in working with women and families who are experiencing maternal depression and anxiety.

    Butte County

  • Mothers Well
    530-345-1600 ext. 2105
    Mothers Well is a program of Northern Valley Catholic Social Service which offers counseling services to women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Services are offered to women with Medi-Cal or those who are uninsured or under-insured. Women can be referred by social service agencies, friends, family, or by self-referral.
    Methods of payment: Medi-Cal.
  • Healthy Mothers
    Healthy Mothers is a program of Feather River Health Center which provides free at home or in-office maternal depression and anxiety screening and counseling to expectant mothers or new moms who have Medi-Cal health insurance.
  • Chico

      • Jacqui Brugnano, MFT
        Also available in Spanish.
        Methods of payment: private pay, private insurance and California Health and Wellness Medi-Cal.


      • Gail Garcia, LCSW
        Methods of payment: private pay, private insurance, Medi-Cal.


      • Mary Gordon, RN, MFT
        Methods of payment: private pay, private insurance, Medi-Cal.


      • Sarah Frohock, LCSW
        Methods of payment: private pay, private insurance, Medi-Cal and sliding scale fee.


      • Jarynna Chua, LMFT
        Methods of Payment: private pay and sliding scale fee.


    • Sue Matthiessen, LCSW
      Methods of payment: private pay.


    • Christina Mercy-Kemp, LCSW
      Methods of payment: private pay, private insurance and California Health and Wellness Medi-Cal.

    Text Support

    • Receive Support Messages From Mothers Strong and Butte 2-1-1
      Text the word “moms” to 898211
      Butte 2-1-1 and Mothers Strong have created a texting program that sends out support messages and time relevant resources to moms who are pregnant or have young children. You can sign up to receive support messages by texting “moms” to 898211. If moms would like to receive live help finding additional Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder resources or other free and low-cost services, they can call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898211.*

    *Standard msg&data rates may apply. Text STOP to opt-out. For end user privacy and terms and conditions of texting with 898211, go to:

    Phone Support:

      • PPD Moms
        1-800-773-6667 (1-800-PPD-MOMS)
        icon-fb PPD Moms on Facebook
        A helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone experiencing depression during and after pregnancy, as well as anyone concerned about a new or expecting mother.


      • Butte County Behavioral Health Crisis Services
        560 Cohasset Rd. Ste. 180
        Chico, CA 95926
        Immediately connects individuals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to a mental health professional for telephone intervention, information or referrals. Walk-in counseling is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for individuals to receive face-to-face crisis intervention and assessment.


      • Postpartum Support international Regional Coordinator
        Beth Miller
        Regional PSI Coordinators offer informed support and resources to moms and their families. They also provide information and resources for area providers who are caring for pregnant and postpartum families. Available M-F with a warm line after normal business hours and weekends.



    Online Resources:

      • Mothers Strong on Facebook
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        The Mothers Strong Facebook page shares links, resources, articles and local events that focus on motherhood wellness. It offers a way for moms and others to stay informed on PMAD, be able to recognize that symptoms and find ways to seek help.


      • Mothers Strong Cafe
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        Mothers Strong Cafe is an Facebook group. The purpose of the goroup is to create a safe space where moms can support each other through the challenges of motherhood. Questions and experiences related to postpartum depression and anxiety and local resources are welcomed. This page is designed to be an online forum for peer support.


      • Postpartum Support International
        icon-fb Postpartum Support International on Facebook
        1-800-944-4773 (1-800-944-4PPD) Telephone support. Will call back within 24 hours.
        Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women suffering from pregnancy-related or postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. They also work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover.


      • Jenny’s Light
        icon-fb Jenny’s Light on Facebook
        Jenny’s Light was developed as a way to encourage women and their loved ones to educate themselves about perinatal mood disorders and make a plan together, should symptoms occur.


      • Postpartum Dads
        This website is intended to help dads and families by providing firsthand information and guidance through the experience of PPD.


      • Online PPMD Support Group
        The purpose of this website is to offer information, support and assistance to those dealing with postpartum mood disorders, their families, friends, physicians and counselors. they provide forums, email group and chat rooms that allow people who may be otherwise afraid or ashamed of their thoughts and fears to share what is happening inside of their minds.

    Online therapy is accessible in California through Once you are on the website, click on “find a therapist” at the bottom of the screen. then select your state and under “Specialties” select “Maternal Health / Postpartum.”
    Methods of payment: private pay and private insurance