PANDA supports Jessica Rudd's response to Mark Latham about PND
Jessica Rudd, well known Australian author today published her response to Mark Latham's public statement from November last year regarding mums struggling with mental illness. When Jessica heard Mark Latham’s comments she was about to publish an article sharing her own recovery story from postnatal depression but his words made her think twice. Today Jessica decided she did not want to stay silent.
PANDA CEO Terri Smith thanked Jessica for having the courage to share her story via the MamaMia website.
“I love the compassion in your line ‘I wanted to stop other women from beating themselves up about their mental health the way I had done. I wanted to normalise it, to myself and encourage others to find the support they need’. At PANDA we speak daily with women struggling to deal with their experience of postnatal depression. Like you we are concerned for the many, many women who suffer in silence. Some are unaware that they are dealing with depression or anxiety either during pregnancy or after the birth of their baby, others delay action because of the stigma still associated with mental health”.
"The more people share their stories of recovery from struggles with mental health the more we can help raise awareness and make it easier for those still struggling to seek help".
If you or someone you know is a parent who seems to be struggling contact PANDA’s National Perinatal Depression Helpline 1300 726 306, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5pm.
To read the full article by Jessica Rudd please follow this link.