Perinatal Mental Health Week is on November 6 – 12. Now in its 17 th year, the week was created in 2005 to help the community and health professionals better understand perinatal mental health.
1 in 5 expecting or new mothers and 1 in 10 expecting or new fathers will experience perinatal anxiety and/or depression symptoms.
Without treatment and support, untreated, perinatal mental illness can have long-lasting impacts on parents, partners, babies and families.
This year’s theme is ‘Building your community of care’ which encourages people to share their stories so that others in the community know that they are not alone.
The theme also highlights the importance of network building so that everyone has access to suitable care no matter where they sit on the spectrum of perinatal mental health.
From making a donation, to hosting a fundraiser or helping to spread the message of the week across social media, there are a variety of ways you can get involved in the week.
Head to panda.org.au to find out more and access a range of materials you can share on social media and in your workplace.
If you need immediate support, you can call the PANDA National Helpline 1300 726 306 from Monday – Friday 9am — 7.30pm.
For more information on the support we can offer contact us on 1300 779 270 or make an enquiry now.
Earlier this year, the Flourish Foundation was launched, which seeks to alleviate the conversation about complex mental health.
Flourish Australia also provides targeted support to through our women and children program, but with further funding we could do so much more. For every mother we have been able to support at Flourish Australia, four families have missed out.
With sufficient funding, we can help five out of five women who need our support. If you would consider donating to the foundation head to
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