Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week 15 - 21 November 2015
ANNOUNCEMENT: Postnatal Depression Awareness Week will now be known as Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PNDA) Awareness Week. This change is in response to the importance of recognising and supporting parents' mental health right through the perinatal period (during pregnancy and after birth). Antenatal anxiety and depression are strong risk factors in developing postnatal anxiety and depression. Early treatment during pregnancy can reduce these risks. We need to consider a parent's wellbeing across this continuum, rather than viewing these periods as separate.
Up to 1 in 10 expecting mums and 1 in 20 expecting dads struggle with antenatal depression and more than 1 in 7 new mums and up to 1 in 10 new dads are diagnosed with postnatal depression each year. Even more are thought to suffer anxiety. It's important for expecting and new parents, as well as those around them, to be aware of perinatal anxiety and depressoin, to know the signs to look out for and where to go for help. With the right treatment and support, new parents can make a full recovery.
Join us this year in raising awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression in Australia. See below about how you can get involved.
How you can get involved during Perinatal Depression Awareness Week
Check back in again soon for new and exciting initiatives for 2015
- Hold your own fundraising event
- Join the Conversation at #bePNDaware, PANDA's PND Week initiative
- Post a picture to Instagram and spread the word #bePNDaware
- Print or Download PANDA’s fact sheet
- Make a donation
- Buy Limited Edition MummaBubba Black & White Jewellery
- Buy a $2 ribbon from any Ripe Maternity store
- Follow our facebook page to be kept up to date.
New dads can get support and information designed specifically for them at PANDA's brother site www.howisdadgoing.org.au