Published on: November 2020
Perinatal Mental Health Week
Ms FELICITY WILSON (North Shore)
—Speaker, November 8 to 14 marks Perinatal Mental Health Week, a chance to raise awareness nationally of perinatal mental health and support those expectant and new parents experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety. One in five new mums and one in ten new dads will experience perinatal depression and anxiety, and unfortunately, the stigma around mental health, especially in parenting, still exists. Organisations such as Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia, PANDA, and the Gidget Foundation support women and their families who are suffering from perinatal anxiety or depression. I would like to acknowledge Arabella Gibson from the Gidget Foundation, which is located in North Sydney in my electorate, and all the dedicated health professionals, parents, friends, family members, and supporters, all of whom share a passion for raising awareness of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety. The experience of perinatal depression and anxiety is even tougher during these uncertain global times, and it is so important that organisations such as PANDA and the Gidget Foundation are able to connect and support new and expectant parents. Raising awareness this week helps decrease the stigma, and provides support to get the right help that will lead to a faster recovery.