Continuing from yesterday’s post, Hayden Panettiere opens up about postpartum depression, this post is about PANDA: Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia, a great Australian organisation working towards providing support for those who are “concerned about how they or someone else if coping during pregnancy or after having a baby.” More information about PANDA’s services can be found here.
PANDA provides a free and confidential hotline with a desired outcome for each caller, whether they are currently pregnant or not, to receive support and an education about the condition that they and/or their loved one might be currently experiencing. Additionally, they aim to provide information about they caller may seek further ongoing support locally.
This sort of service is especially important in encouraging open and honest discussion about the common mental issues that are prevalent during and following pregnancy, ranging from general anxiety to postpartum depression.
We, at The Modern Motherhood Project, hope that providing a safe space for mothers and their partners to privately discuss these issues will encourage open conversation about them within the wider society, eventually reducing the stigma associated with perinatal mental issues.
For further information on PANDA’s work, please visit their official website here.
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