Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness week is November 12th-18th 2017.
Perinatal anxiety and depression is reported to affect up to 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men. It’s a period of time that is associated with so many expectations, excitement, worry and change.
Perinatal anxiety and depression, has no boundaries, it can affect anyone. It’s not always easy to identify and is often associated with shame and guilt. Feelings like “what’s wrong with me “ or “ I should be happy “ are common.
We know that perinatal anxiety and depression is now the leading cause of mortality in this period of time, with suicide well above other pregnancy related complications such as eclampsia and post-partum haemorrhage.
As parents, friends, carers and community members, lets reach out and support our new parents. Let’s ask the Question “are you ok? “
As parents suffering, be kind to yourself, forgive yourself and treat yourself with the same compassion as you would a friend who was suffering.
Protect yourselves by eating well, exercising, and mixing with friends.
Ask for support and help, reach out to your child health nurse, Doctor, family or friend.
There is a lot of support out there for you, including online support via fantastic organisations such as the Gidget foundation, beyond blue, headspace, PANDA and many more.