Expertise driven by lived experiences of perinatal mental illness
Our daily contact with women, men and families affected by perinatal anxiety and depression and postnatal psychosis gives us extraordinary insight into the complex rollercoaster journey experienced by many parents. In reviewing aggregate data from our National Helpline we have developed a unique understanding of perinatal mental illness across the country.
We are committed to sharing this expertise to improve emotional and mental health outcomes for expecting and new parents and their children.
PANDA regularly consults with health professionals from across Australia to help them manage patients with perinatal anxiety and depression. We help build the capacity of health professionals to validate and normalise the experiences of new and expecting mums and dads with perinatal anxiety and depression and postnatal psychosis and to provide effective treatment and pathways to care for them.
Helping mental health professionals understand perinatal mental health
We assist general mental health practitioners and services to understand the significance and complexities of the perinatal period. In so doing we help them support families affected by perinatal anxiety and depression while considering the needs of mum and dad, the baby and other family members.
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Helping perinatal health workers understand mental health
While Maternal/Child Health Nurses, midwives and obstetricians have strong skills in perinatal health their training often focuses on physical health. In so doing we help them support families affected by perinatal mental illness while considering the needs of mum and dad, the baby and other family members.
Helping GPs support perinatal mental health
General Practitioners (GPs) are under a lot of pressure to be experts in everything. But perinatal mental health is very complex. Sometimes GPs seek support from PANDA in managing patients with perinatal mental illness. We also reach out to GPs to inform them about telephone counselling sessions with parents who are their patients so they can be prepared when they attend appointments.