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Healthy Human Development Table Toolkit

The Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit was developed by the Healthy Human Development Table (HHDT) to build capacity and advance practice among public health units (PHUs).  Guided by a situational assessment, the Toolkit's five modules can be tailored to help PHU management and planners who work in areas related to perinatal mental health (e.g. mental health, reproductive health, maternal health, family health):

  • plan and deliver comprehensive, evidence-based and best practice approaches
  • guide public health policy and practice planning and decision-making

The Toolkit also provides valuable information for front-line staff who deliver perinatal mental health services.

Download the full Toolkit 



  • Overview - provides information on the HHDT, the Toolkit's purpose and audience, the methodology to develop the Toolkit, and a glossary
  • Perinatal Mental Health - Importance and the Public Health Role

Comprehensive Approach to Perinatal Mental Health

This section includes individual modules for each approach to perinatal mental health. Each module provides a review of relevant evidence, provides step-by-step instructions, as well as illustrative practice examples.

Situational Assessment

A situational assessment is a systematic process to gather, analyze, synthesize and communicate data to inform planning decisions. It is the first step in a comprehensive health promotion approach to perinatal mental health. It ensures that efforts are tailored to meet the needs of the community.
 Read more about Situational Assessment

Population Health Assessment and Surveillance

This module focuses on the role of PHUs to conduct a population health assessment, including the collection and analysis of data in relation to perinatal mental health.

Read more about Conducting a Population Health Assessment and Surveillance

Community Collaboration and Capacity

This module focuses on the role of PHUs in engaging with their primary care providers and community service partners to address perinatal mental health in their community. This includes both advancing community collaboration and building the capacity of health unit staff and community partners.

Read more about Building Community Collaboration and Capacity

Public Education and Awareness

This module focuses on the role of PHUs in raising public awareness about perinatal mental health; including developing accessible public education and awareness materials and designing effective public awareness campaigns.

Read more about Promoting Public Education and Awareness

Community System of Care

This module focuses on the need for a community system of care to support individuals who are identified as at risk for or are experiencing symptoms of perinatal depression. This includes how PHUs can work with LHINs, primary care physicians, and community service partners.

Read more about Building a Community System of Care

Public Health Care Pathway

This module focuses on the role of PHUs in screening, referring and supporting prenatal and postnatal individuals for risk or symptoms of perinatal depression. A framework for a public health perinatal mental health care pathway is provided.

Read more about Developing a Public Health Care Pathway


Module resources

Screening for perinatal depression: Adapting existing guidelines to the Ontario public health system context (ADAPTE report)

Evidence Brief: Exploring interventions to address perinatal mental health in a public health context  

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