Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week 11-17 November 2018

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November 5, 2018

Around 1 in 7 new mums and up to 1 in 10 new dads are likely to experience postnatal depression. The rate of anxiety across the perinatal period is thought to be just as high. Perinatal refers to the period from conception to one year after birth so anxiety and depression during the perinatal period is much more than just the ‘baby blues’ or changing hormones and increased stress during pregnancy and after the baby is born.

While anytime is a good time to talk about mental health, awareness weeks are a great opportunity to engage communities in conversations. November 11-17 is Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. 

The theme of this year’s Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week is ‘I wish I knew’. Let’s start healthy conversations about what to really expect when expecting and after having a baby. 

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.

There are lots of activities happening around Western Australia so view the Event Calendar to find one near you or email SPIMHP@health.wa.gov.au for a planning pack to help you organise your own event. You can also find out more 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.beyondblue.org.au
www.ActBelongCommit.org.au
www.panda.org.au