Supporting those with perinatal mental illness
Each day in Australia on PANDA’s National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline, we talk to expecting and new parents affected by perinatal mental illness. While every story is different, there are many common themes, including parents not expecting that this would happen to them, not recognising that they are sick, or knowing something is wrong but avoiding seeking help due to concerns they will be perceived as a bad parent.
For this reason, in addition to providing critical support to callers, PANDA strives to raise awareness of this common and serious illness so that families can recognise what is happening and get help as soon as possible. This includes supporting health professionals through a range of different platforms and publications.
This article by PANDA’s Policy Coordinator Dr Laura Biggs was recently published in the Spring 2019 edition of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ O&G Magazine.
Read more at O&G Magazine.