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2014 PND Awareness Week

It's not all black and white

PANDA is calling for greater awareness of antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety among the community during this year's PND Awareness Week.

Click here to find out more information and see how you can support others.

Visit PANDA's brother site

A website to help dads look after themselves and those around them. With information, stories and videos about parenting and perinatal depression and anxiety.

1 in 20 dads are diagnosed with postnatal depression and 21000 estimated dads with partners diagnosed with postnatal depression are at risk.

Remember to ask How is Dad going?

Hold your own fundraiser for PANDA

Support PANDA by holding your own Night Off-Night Out or other fundraiser.

Our new Fundraising Kit has everything you need to know, so download it today and have fun while you support a great cause.

Other language fact sheets PANDA now has a Postnatal Depression fact sheet available in seven languages.

Click here to download them.

PANDA's helpline is available in Australia from 10am to 5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday.  1300 726 306

Speaking with PANDA's counsellors and trained volunteers is confidential and open to women and men as well family and friends.
Need Help Now? 
Find important contact details here.

Only a phone call away PANDA's helpline is available in Australia from 10am to 5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday. Speaking with PANDA's counsellors and trained volunteers is confidential and open to women and men as well family and friends. Ongoing follow up calls for counselling and support are usually provided.

For urgent help contact Ambulance or Police on 000 or go to the Emergency Department of your local hospital.
Need Help Now?
Find important contact details here.

Behind the Mask This film presents real life stories of new parents who've experienced and overcome perinatal depression and anxiety. It talks honestly about their stories and features insights from experts and health professionals. It provides an opportunity to look behind the mask of secrecy that often conceals the true feelings of those effected by this debilitating condition.
You can view the DVD trailer on
PANDA's youtube page. DVD's are available to purchase with our Resource Order form.


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World Mental Health Day 10 October

Last Updated: Monday, 13 October 2014 11:09

Support and self-care critical for expecting and new parents

R123 mother with 2 children

PANDA is joining mental health organisations across the globe to raise awareness, help reduce stigma and encourage people struggling with mental health issues to seek support this World Mental Health Day, 10 October.

In the year after childbirth, a woman is more likely to need psychiatric help than at any other time in her life. Depression and anxiety are the most common type of mental health problems during pregnancy and the year after birth (the perinatal period).

Up to one in 10 women in Australia experience depression during pregnancy. And one in 7 new mothers and one in 20 new fathers are diagnosed with postnatal depression each year in Australia. Many more experience it without seeking help.

PANDA Acting CEO Jenni Richardson said that becoming a new parent is one of the most significant transitions in life.

“Pregnancy and the birth of a new baby bring many emotional as well as physical changes. While it is usually a time of great excitement, it can also be confusing, stressful and exhausting. All expecting and new parents need care and support while they are navigating the inevitable changes."

"The right support could range from help with childcare and household chores, to more social interaction, psychological or medical help. Taking time out for yourself, to do what replenishes you as an individual and a couple is also an important way to look after your mental health. This is different for everyone."

"Often our focus is on preparation for the new arrival and the physical demands of pregnancy and caring for a baby. However, our emotional and mental wellbeing is just as important as our physical health.”


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