Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness

Perinatal mood disorders, in particular, depression and anxiety, commonly affect women during pregnancy and after giving birth.

Even two to three years after giving birth, or from one pregnancy to another, women can experience depression and anxiety.

Perinatal Depression & Anxiety (PND) Awareness Week (12–18 November 2017)

As many as 1 in 5 expecting or new mums and up to 1 in 10 dads are affected. Around 100 000 families across Australia are impacted every year. Many people still don’t seek help as quickly as they should and suffer for longer than necessary because they don’t know what’s happening to them and where to go to seek help.

During the Week, PANDA will be share personal stories about people’s experiences of PND to encourage people to start conversations about an illness that has for too long been shrouded in stigma.

Local Stories

You’re not alone…Inspiring stories from local women

We collected stories from four local (Sunbury and surrounds) women about their experiences of PND. These women used our counselling service and our Mother to Mother Support Group (a support group that no longer operates).

The women are happy for us to share their stories, in the hope they help others.

Story 1: Designed (246KB) Plain text (202KB) 

“I have the wisdom to say it’s OK to have a bad day, nothing is perfect or permanent”

Story 2: Designed (289KB) Plain text (201KB)

“The whole time I felt like I was drowning, I could barely keep my head above the water. Self-therapy was important; we need to look after ourselves so we could look after our children”

Story 3: Designed (198KB) Plain text (208KB)

“When you start to recover, you feel good one day, the next day is shit again, and it feels worse. But the good days get longer and the bad days are less and less. Having children was worth the PND”

Story 4: Designed (326KB) Plain text (206KB)

“Sometimes we deny what is going on because we feel ashamed about our thoughts and that we really should be able to cope with being a mother”

Sunbury Community Health provides individual counselling and support. If you would like to share your story, or get in touch, call 9744 4455

Support for Women & Families

Your GP/doctor

Your GP is usually a first point of call. They can be a good source of information and support. If you think you may be experiencing PND, talk to your GP.

Sunbury Community Health can help too

We can provide individual counselling for women who may be experiencing PND. Partners are also welcome.

Our female counsellor, trained in perinatal mood disorders, has over 25 years of experience in providing group and individual counselling. Call us 9744 4455

PANDA telephone counselling service

PANDA offer a Telephone counselling service, open 10 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday. This service is staffed by trained volunteers, professional counsellors and supervising staff. Many helpline counsellors have had their own experience of PND.

Partners, extended family members and friends can ring the helpline too. Call 1300 726 306