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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 March 2017 12:04

“PANDA actually saved my life! Without their help dealing with my postnatal anxiety and depression I may not be here today.” – Catherine, WA

Three months after Catherine and her husband Dave brought their new baby boy home from hospital, Catherine was extremely anxious and on edge. It went far beyond the typical stresses of new parenthood, and was becoming terrifying.

“I was falling apart. I couldn’t think clearly, and had all sorts of scary thoughts going through my head. My husband tried to encourage me to go outside, go for a walk, breathe some fresh air and clear my head. I suddenly thought that this was my way out. It would be so easy to go outside, and pretend to my husband that everything was fine; and then I could run in front of a bus and then all this would go away. And once I had that thought, I couldn’t un-think it.”

Catherine was experiencing perinatal anxiety and depression, a serious and common illness that affects 100,000 Australian families every year. Untreated, it has serious and potentially long-lasting impacts on women, men and children and can even put lives at risk.

So we are launching a new Regular Monthly Giving campaign to support women like Catherine to receive appropriate treatment and recover more quickly. Can you help?

Every day on the PANDA National Helpline we hear stories about the struggles of new parents like Catherine who are living with perinatal anxiety and depression...Read More

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