Postnatal Depression Awareness Week 16 - 22 November 2014

PNDweek2014-Poster-Revised graphicPANDA is calling for greater community awareness of antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety and encouraging mums and dads to seek help early.

Up to 1 in 10 women in Australia experience depression during pregnancy and 1 in 7 new mums and 1 in 20 new dads are diagnosed with postnatal depression every year in Australia; over 100,000 in 2013. Even more experience anxiety and many people experience depression and anxiety at the same time.

Recovery from perinatal (antenatal and postnatal) depression and anxiety is likely with the right support and early intervention.  Seeking help early leads to faster recovery.

It's important for expecting and new parents, as well as those around them, to be aware of perinatal depression and anxiety, to know the signs to look out for and where to go for help. Often it is a partner, family member or friend who first identifies when something is not right.

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New dads can get support and information designed specifically for them at PANDA's brother site


PANDA-BEPNDAWARE-BADGEHow you can help PANDA during Postnatal Depression Awareness Week

    • Click here to view more of our shareable graphics - Share them with your family and friends.
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      You will help PANDA continue to provide our vital information and support services, including:

      • National Perinatal Depression Helpline which provides counselling, support and referrals to families
      • HomeStart, an in-home volunteer visiting and support program
      • Information, education and training seminars for parent groups and health professionals
      • Assistance setting up postnatal depression support groups
      • National resource and service referral database
    • PANDA is urging anyone who has concerns about antenatal and postnatal depression to call the national helpline on 1300 726 306 Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm AEST or see their GP.

      In 2013 PANDA created an infographic to try to bring a small change to the use of the PND acronym. PANDA would like to see the term PND become a reference to perinatal depression so that we include both antenatal and postnatal depression & anxiety in our discussions and references to mood disorders associated with pregnancy and child birth. It would be great if in future we see it as Perinatal Depression Awareness Week to acknowledge all the parents who struggle through pregnancy too.

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