Perinatal Depression & Anxiety 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.
With around 100,000 Australian families affected by perinatal anxiety and depression every year, this is a common illness as well as a serious one. Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week is therefore a crucial time for PANDA to reach out to communities all across the country. We share information about the illness so people can know what is happening to them, can seek help early and recover more quickly.
This year PANDA will be sharing personal stories about people’s experiences of perinatal anxiety and depression to encourage people in communities all over Australia to start conversations about this serious and common illness.
We know that one of the key reasons many expecting and new parents struggling with perinatal anxiety or depression don’t seek help is because they don’t know what’s happening to them. Even though it’s an illness that affects up to one in five expecting or new mums and one in ten dads, many people still don’t know its signs and symptoms. And many still don’t know where to go to seek help.
It’s absolutely critical that more people know about perinatal anxiety and depression so mums and dads can seek help and recover more quickly. This is why PANDA’s awareness raising campaign is so important.