Where perinatal mental health is valued, understood and barriers to seeking help no longer exist
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) is a national organisation supporting expecting and new parents across Australia. Their website offers a wealth of resource for every stage in becoming a new parent, including how to be a greater support for your partner if they are suffering anxiety or depression along the way.
They work tirelessly to provide emotional support to the community and liaise with local businesses, government bodies and various health providers to amplify the voices of those in need of help through positive and encouraging mediums.
"Our daily contact with women, men and families affected by these illnesses gives us extraordinary insight into the complex rollercoaster journey experienced by many expecting and new parents. We have developed a unique understanding of perinatal mental illness across the country and are committed to sharing this expertise to improve emotional and mental health outcomes for expecting and new parents and their children."
PANDA operates Australia’s only National Helpline that supports expecting and new parents right across the country affected by perinatal mental illness. They also offer a range of fact sheets, training programs and health resources to assist a great range of situations, in addition to a strong online community of supporters who are able to share their experiences in a safe and controlled environment. So if you are unsure about your feelings, or concerned about a loved one, visit PANDA to access a huge resource of information and support as well as real experiences written specifically for dads, by dads. Because at the end of the day, the stronger you can support yourself, the stronger you can support your family.
Call the PANDA National Helpline direct on 1300 726 306 (Mon to Fri, 9am-7.30pm AEST/AEDT) or visit their factsheets and resources page here.