Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week was established by PANDA in 2005. Since then PANDA has been leading the perinatal mental health sector in promoting the Week to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.
Our theme for PANDA Week 2018 is ‘I Wish I Knew’. We know many expecting and new parents are blind-sided by the realities of becoming parents, and looking back, many feel that if they had known more and been better able to prepare for some of the challenges that inevitably come with being parents, they might have been better able to cope.
This includes recognising the signs and symptoms of mental and emotional distress, and knowing where to turn to seek support.
Our PANDA Week campaign theme aims to start conversations about the things parents ‘wish they knew’ before having a baby, and encourage people to seek help early if they are struggling.
PANDA will be sharing real life ‘I wish I knew’ stories and crucial information – including knowledge taken from PANDA’s National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline – to show that this illness is complex and every person’s experience is different. Just as importantly, that it is temporary and treatable and with the right support you can recover.