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World Mental Health Day 2017

Last Updated: Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:22

Perceived stigma around postnatal depression still preventing women and men accessing treatment

Despite new research revealing that the Australian public believes there is little or no stigma attached to postnatal depression, the perception of ‘what people think’ can still prevent new mums and dads from seeking timely help.

For World Health Day on 7 April – which the World Health Organisation has used to focus on the mental anguish caused by depression in communities around the world – PANDA has released results from its recent research into community attitudes and understanding about postnatal depression.

PANDA’s research shows there has been an increase in understanding and compassion in the community with 80% of people believing postnatal depression is not a sign of weakness. In addition, 92% of people believe that postnatal depression does not stop a woman from being a good mother.

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