Raising awareness of perinatal anxiety, depression and postnatal psychosis
We know one of the main reasons many expecting and new parents affected by perinatal anxiety and depression and postnatal psychosis don’t reach out for help is because they don’t understand what is happening to them. Many don’t realise they are ill and therefore suffer for longer than they need to. Sometimes lives are even put at risk.
This is why raising awareness is so important!
Hosting a PANDA Day event is a great way to start conversations among your guests about the joys and challenges of parenting and for raising awareness in your community more broadly. If you’re able to fundraise for PANDA as well then you’ll also help us in our crucial work supporting families across Australia affected by this serious and common illness.
You can host a PANDA Day at any time of the year. Or, if you want to join forces with others across the country and be part of something even bigger, you could organise your event for PANDA Week (11 – 17 November).
Your PANDA Day event can be big or small, fancy or humble. Here are some ideas:
- Host a lunch, barbecue, dinner or banquet
- Organise a movie or trivia night
- Host a cocktail party
- Arrange a stall at a local market
- Host a morning tea or picnic.
You can get together in other ways too – it’s up to you, so get creative!
Five easy steps to hosting your PANDA day event
1. Set the date: while we’d love you to host your PANDA day event on Sunday 11 November to kick off Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness (PANDA) Week, you can hold your event at any time during PANDA Week – on indeed, any time of the year. Your PANDA day event can be:
- a lunch, barbecue, dinner or banquet
- a movie or trivia night
- a cocktail party
- a stall at a local market
- a morning tea or picnic
- any gathering involving food, drink, laughter and fun.
While you can choose to host your event almost anywhere, remember that hosting an event in your workplace is a great way to raise awareness with your colleagues and within your organisation. Please consider this as a possibility, especially if you work for a large organisation.
3. Invite guests:
Invite as many guests as your venue can handle, whether at home, in a restaurant or café, at the cinema, in the park or at work.
4. Use social media:
Facebook is a great way to promote and plan your PANDA day event. Set up an Event page, invite your guests and keep them updated in the lead up.
In terms of raising funds at your event, you can charge an entry donation, pass around a collection plate or hold a raffle.
Most importantly, have fun! At PANDA we hear every day that parenting can be tough. But friendship, laughter and shared experience are a great first step in this unique journey.
PANDA also has a range of resources including brochures, factsheets and postcards that you may want to distribute at your event. Find out more >