Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week was established by PANDA in 2005. Since then PANDA has been using the Week to speak out about supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of expecting and new parents, including raising awareness about the 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. We know that many parents, looking back, feel that if they had known more and been better able to prepare for some of the challenges they might have been better able to cope.
This includes recognising the signs and symptoms of mental and emotional distress in themselves and others, 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 about perinatal anxiety and depression and postnatal psychosis to show that these illnesses are complex and every person’s experience is different.
Just as importantly, that they are temporary and treatable and with the right support you can recover.