Starting Conversations: Raising Awareness of Anxiety and Perinatal and Post Natal Depression

iStock_000002377078Large_jpgThe pressures of modern life can mean new mums and dads have unrealistic ideas about parenthood. It’s important to know that having a baby can be hugely challenging and adjusting to your new roles can take time.

Having a good understanding of what to expect and how you might cope when baby comes home will help you adjust to your new life together and it can help lower the risk of developing anxiety or depression.

It’s important to remember that you are not alone and mums and dads with a new baby should feel at ease talking openly about their mental and emotional wellbeing. This applies for everyone but especially so for those who have the extra burden of Depression and/or anxiety.

During Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week there are a few great things going on within the community including the City of Gosnell’s Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Week free event, details here.

Having someone to talk to and share experiences with is very beneficial for new parents as highlighted the clip below advocating the benefits of attending playgroup with your baby or toddler.

If you are struggling with the transition of becoming a parent Playgroup WA also offers Mother-Baby Nurture support groups are a safe place to come together with your newborn child. Click on the link to find out more.

To find out more about Anxiety, Perinatal or Post Natal Depression – visit the PANDA, Beyond Blue or ActBelongCommit

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