Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week was established by PANDA in 2005. The Week aims to raise awareness about perinatal depression and anxiety, including the signs to look for and where to go to seek support.
Perinatal depression and anxiety is a serious illness. Up to 1 in 10 expecting mums and 1 in 20 expecting dads struggle with antenatal depression. More than 1 in 7 new mums and up to 1 in 10 new dads are diagnosed with postnatal depression each year. Even more are thought to suffer with anxiety. It’s important for expecting and new parents, as well as those around them, to be aware of perinatal anxiety and depression, to know the signs to look out for and where to go for help.
PANDA’s telephone information, counselling and referral service is staffed by trained volunteers, professional counsellors and supervising staff. Many helpline counsellors have had their own experience of perinatal depression or anxiety. Helpline (10am – 5pm Monday to Friday). This helpline isn’t just for people suffering with perinatal depression and/or anxiety, but for those around them too, seeking help on how to help.
PANDA National Helpline
Monday to Friday: 10am – 5pm AEST
1300 726 306