Sharing stories about the personal impact of perinatal anxiety, depression and postnatal psychosis plays a crucial role in raising awareness, reducing stigma and encouraging people to seek support. By sharing your own personal story you can help share your key messages about recovery and the importance of reaching out for help. Your story might be about your own experience of perinatal anxiety, depression or postnatal psychosis or as a partner/carer of someone who has experienced these illnesses. You can choose to share your story in a number of ways:
Reading PANDA’s website is a common first step for many expecting and new parents to make sense of how they are feeling. By sharing your story you can show others that recovery is possible and provide a sense of comfort to those experiencing perinatal mental illness to know that they are not alone.
PANDA seeks out media opportunities and is regularly approached by the media to make comment about perinatal mental health. We always try to share a Community Champions story alongside PANDA which makes the media feature so much more powerful and reletable. Champions are given opportunities to share their story on television, radio, social media, online media and print media. We also support Community Champions to seek out their own media opportunities in their local communities.