Monday 26 October 2020
PANDA welcomes the renewed commitment of the Morrison Government as they announce a further $13.6 million to support the mental health of new and expectant parents.
As one of four key national organisations funded under this commitment, PANDA is pleased to have confirmation that our services will continue to support families affected by perinatal mental illness, alongside SANDS, Red Nose and Perinatal Infant Research Institute, through to 2024.
“Never before has the support being provided via our National Helpline been needed by so many,” says PANDA CEO, Julie Borninkhof. “Prior to the pandemic, our Helpline was struggling to cope with the demand for our services, and since COVID we simply can’t keep up”.
Over the past 10 years, PANDA’s National Helpline has become the key service for expecting and new parents to reach out to as they struggle to understand and cope with their individual experience of perinatal mental illness.
“We know that the need for our services is ongoing. People call us at all hours of the day and night, seven days a week and while this funding ensures our Monday to Friday Helpline service continues, sadly we still need more,” says Ms Borninkhof.
“In the last 12 months alone, our helpline has supported around 6000 people across every part of the country. The team at PANDA have done an amazing job to scale up our services to deliver more supports when people have need them most.”
This was made possible by increased funds from the Commonwealth Government to meet the increased demand from parents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those in Victoria.
“When I was in crisis it helped so much to be able to talk to people who understood what I was going through.” – recent caller to PANDA
“One call to PANDA and my life was forever changed. For the first time felt free to share how I was feeling and the horrible thoughts I was having. The regular calls to check up on me were amazing.” –recent caller to PANDA
For more information or to arrange interviews with Julie, please contact David Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0405 354 343.