It happened to me: Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week campaign to encourage conversations about a serious and common illness
During Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week (12- 18 November) PANDA’s ‘It happened to me’ campaign will be encouraging people everywhere who have been affected by perinatal anxiety or depression to start a conversation about the illness.
By having people saying ‘It happened to me’ in communities right across Australia it will help raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of perinatal anxiety and depression. It will also illustrate how common it is and help to reduce stigma.
PANDA invites everyone who is passionate about raising awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression to join our campaign to shine a light on an illness that affects around 100,000 families across Australia every year and can even put lives at risk.
We will be sharing numerous personal stories about people’s experiences of perinatal anxiety and depression. These will illustrate how complex an illness it is. That it can devastate the lives of individuals and families.
Importantly, they will also show that it is a temporary, treatable illness. There is hope of recovery.
We hope that these stories will prompt other people who have experienced similar challenges in becoming a parent – whether it occurred a year ago or twenty years ago – to speak out in their communities and say, ‘That happened to me too.’
We want people to start conversations everywhere. And in so doing, make the illness seem normal, and something that can be discussed out loud. Not something to be ashamed of.
PANDA’s campaign will encourage anyone struggling with the transition to parenting to seek support as quickly as possible. We know that the sooner people access advice and support, and treatment if necessary, the more quickly they recover. The illness has less chance of becoming more severe.
More to come.