Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week 10-16 November 2019

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness (PANDA) Week 10-16 November 2019
October 8, 2019

Around 1 in 5 expecting and new mums and up to 1 in 10 new dads are likely to experience perinatal anxiety and depression. Perinatal refers to the period from conception to one year after birth. While anytime is a good time to talk about mental health, awareness weeks are a great opportunity to engage people and communities in these conversations.

November 10-16 is Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness (PANDA) Week. The theme of this year’s PANDA Week is ‘Let’s get real’. Perinatal anxiety and depression is a serious health condition. It can affect any new or expecting parent and does not discriminate. It is nothing to be ashamed of, but many new mums and dads find it hard to talk about it.

We can all play a role in supporting new and expecting parents. One way to do this is to get involved in an event, organise one yourself, or even just reach out to an expecting or new mum or dad to see how they are going and if they need any support.

A number of activities are happening around Western Australia this year. See our calendar of events to find an event near you. If you would like to organise your own event please email SPIMHP@health.wa.gov.au for a planning pack. You can also find out more about Perinatal and Infant Mental Health on the WNHS Statewide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Program (SPIMHP) webpage.

For more information about perinatal depression and anxiety, as well as ways to look after your mental health, go to:

www.panda.org.au

www.beyondblue.org.au

www.ActBelongCommit.org.au