20-10-2017 04:46 PM
With Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week commencing Monday 13 November, we will be running a Q&A session in collaboration with Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia @PANDA
Who is PANDA?
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia supports women, men and families across Australia to recover from post and antenatal depression and anxiety, a serious illness that affects around 100,000 Australian families every year.
This year, the awareness campaign theme is – ‘It Happened to Me’.
From Monday 13 November - Friday 17 November, we are opening the floor for you to ask any questions you have about perinatal anxiety and depression and @PANDA will be responding throughout this week.
Responses will take up to 24 hours, so be sure to keep checking in!
13-11-2017 01:25 PM
We are so excited to be here for the next five days for Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week!
We would love to hear from anyone wanting ask questions or talk about their own experience, so please post below.
Some of the reasons that mums and dads might call our helpline include:
- Feeling overwhelmed during pregnancy or after baby is born,
- Wondering whether the symptoms they are experiencing are a normal part of becoming a parent or something more,
- Worries about attachment to baby,
- The many ways that having a baby can affect an intimate or a close relationship,
- Finding the transition to parenthood to be more difficult that they expected,
- Grieving the life someone might have had before they had a child,
- How to get the best support for your mental health during the perinatal period,
- How best to support a loved one who is finding pregnancy or having a baby difficult.
We look forward to hearing from some of you over the next week.
14-11-2017 04:41 PM
Hi @PANDA, it's so nice that you're spending time with us in the forums this week. We are huge fans of your service.
Can I ask something a little mundane to kick us off? I think it would be great for people to know what you do. We know that you have a helpline but not what that means for help-seekers. For example, are you counselling or information and support? Do you do longer-term work or is it single session? It always helps to recommend a service when you really understand what they provide.
14-11-2017 05:11 PM
Hi there @suzanne,
Great question, thanks for asking this!
PANDA's Helpline is the only national telephone counselling service dedicated to perinatal mental health ('perinatal' meaning the period during pregnancy and up to one year after birth). Even though it's called a Helpline, it's much more than a one off information service. We have a wonderful team of professional staff who offer telephone counselling, follow up support, local referrals and evidence based information to help you make sense of what's happening and what you can put in place to start to feel better.
If you're ringing PANDA for the first time, you can expect to speak with one of our counsellors for up to an hour. We'll ask you for some contact details and we'll want to make sure you and your baby are safe. Then we'll give you the chance to share your story, what's been happening for you, and how you might want things to be different. Everyone's experience of the journey to parenthood is unique, and we want to know what it's been like for you.
We understand that you might be having some thoughts or feelings that are troubling you. People often tell us they feel unexpected negative emotions or have scary thoughts, and the PANDA Helpline is a safe and confidential to talk about things that are often hard to say to a friend, partner or a health professional. You don't need a diagnosis to call us -- anyone worried about their own mental health during pregnancy or after birth is encouraged to call. We also talk with partners, parents, in-laws, neighbours and friends who are supporting someone going through a difficult time.
After that first call, it’s up to you whether you would like to keep receiving support from us. Our follow up service is designed to help you try out new strategies to manage difficult thoughts and feelings, and connect with services in your community. We can follow up with you until you are feeling well connected and able to manage without the additional support..... and you are always free to call PANDA again at any time.
I hope this helps everyone get a better sense of the work we do here. Look forward to chatting with some of you soon!
The PANDA Team
16-11-2017 12:35 AM
16-11-2017 12:55 AM
Hi Bella095, Thank you for posting here. I have sent you an email. I am sure you will get some wise advice and support from your fellow forum members. Please keep in touch.