Postnatal Depression Awareness Week 17 - 23 November 2013
You can help raise awareness and funds to fight perinatal depression and anxiety during Postnatal Depression Awareness Week.
PANDA prefers to use the term perinatal depression & anxiety as it includes both antenatal and postnatal mood disorders that can effect parents during the pregnancy and after the birth of the child.
Belinda Horton, PANDA's CEO, says
"Perinatal depression is different for everyone. It has many faces, so we all need to understand what postnatal depression can look like, regularly check-in on new parents and contact PANDA if new parents are showing signs of anxiety or depression."
"Perinatal depression is not a women's issue. It affects whole families and without treatment it can change the lives of families forever. However, help is available and early intervention and the right support leads to a faster recovery."
This year, in an effort to improve mental wellbeing, PANDA is also encouraging new parents to take time out from family life.
PANDA provides vital Helpline counselling, support, referral services, information and education to parents experiencing periatal depression & anxiety; and resources for healthcare professionals across Australia; 1300 726 306 (Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm AEST).
New dads affected by perinatal depression can now access support and information designed specifically for men at PANDA's recently launched website; www.howisdadgoing.org.au
Learn how to spot the signs of antenatal and postnatal depression and help new parents get the information and care they need by downloading PANDA’s fact sheets or calling our National Perinatal Depression Helpline on 1300 726 306.
Australians can also assist PANDA to continue its vital services by simply;
- Making a donation
- Holding your own special fundraising event, or
- Contact PANDA for resources to help promote Postnatal Depression Awareness Week
Your support will help PANDA to continue to provide vital information and support services. PANDA provides:
- PANDA’s National Perinatal Depression Helpline which provides counseling, support and referrals to families experiencing depression during pregnancy and after baby’s birth;
- Home-Start, an in-home volunteers 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.