1 in 5 mums and 1 in 10 dads: these are the shocking figures on perinatal anxiety and depression in Australia.
The question is, what are we doing about it?
Feeling down or stressed during one of the most joyful times of your life is not the way it should be. The good news is, there is much we can do to support parents during pregnancy and first year of a child’s life.
The 12 – 18th of November is Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week. This week is an initiative by Australian charity PANDA to help raise awareness around what signs to look for and where parents can seek support when they feel anxious or down during those all important early years of parenting.
Watch this candid presentation from Dr Vijay Roach and Cathie Knox from The Gidget Foundation about how they managed post natal depression raising their 5 children. This 1-hour talk was recorded last month at the Parents At Work educational event during the Swedish Dads exhibition and addresses the mother, the father and the professional’s perspective.
Where to seek help?
If your employees, colleagues or even yourself need extra emotional wellbeing support when pregnant or in early parenthood:
- Call the national PANDA hotline: 1300 726 306
- Encourage them to open up and share what’s going on for you with a person they trust
- Connect with a professional such as their GP or a parenting organisation like Karitane.
- Enrol them in a Parents At Work Preparing for Parental Leave or Balance & Wellbeing course and webinar to give them the practical tools for transitioning to parenthood
- Download Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week Poster and display in your workplace
- Spread the word on social media #bePNDAaware #PNDAawarenessweek
For more information visit the Gidget Foundation.