Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week (PANDA) is an annual event that provides opportunity for open and honest conversations about the mental health issues facing new and expecting parents, like perinatal anxiety and depression, and postnatal psychosis.
PANDA launched the very first Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week back in 2005. However there is still a long way to go to raise community awareness about these illnesses and break down the stigma that gets in the way of people seeking help.
Perinatal anxiety and depression is a serious health condition. It can affect any new or expecting parent and does not discriminate. It is nothing to be ashamed of, but many new mums and dads find it hard to talk about.
Here’s how you can help:
- Encourage open and honest conversations about the mental health of expecting and new parents in your community or workplace
- Share information and graphics from the PANDA Digital Toolkit.
- Host a PANDA Day event. Raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression and postnatal psychosis.