Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week – November 13-19
Parents in Broken Hill will be encouraged to have conversations with each other during Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PNDA) Awareness Week (13–19 November).
Perinatal anxiety and depression does not discriminate – it affects people across the community regardless of age, income or geography – and the way people are affected is not black and white.
Everyone’s journey to parenthood is unique and different. For many parents feeling overwhelmed, isolated or ashamed can feel too much.
To encourage positive and open conversations about parenthood and perinatal anxiety and depression, parents are invited to meet at Broken Hill Community Centre for ‘Lunch Out Loud’ on Tuesday, 15 November from 12 noon to speak openly and honestly with each other.
Maternal and Child and Family Health Staff from Far West Local Health District will provide a free sausage sizzle lunch and invite people to share stories about parenting as well as support a great cause!
The PANDA National Helpline exists to help and hears from people every day who are struggling.
More than 50 per cent of callers to the PANDA National Helpline experience symptoms of anxiety, yet it is not as well recognised with people often incorrectly assuming that the symptoms are not as debilitating or distressing as those associated with depression.
Help is available and PANDA is a good first step towards recovery, either through calling the National Helpline on 1300 726 306 or finding information on the PANDA website www.panda.org.au. Resources will also be available on the day.
To help raise funds for PANDA, community donated items will be raffled on the day.