PANDA's purpose is to amplify the voice of those who have experienced perinatal mental illness to influence governments, health planners and providers, employers and the wider community to respond positively to people experiencing perinatal mental illness.
AMBA is working with PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia to increase awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression amongst parents of multiples.
“We know that parents of multiples are at increased risk of developing perinatal anxiety or depression,” says Ashlee Tenberge, AMBA Chairperson. “So it’s important for all our members to know that there is information and support available to help them whether during pregnancy or in early parenthood.”
PANDA is a specialist not for profit organisation that has been raising awareness of antenatal and postnatal depression for over 30 years and has helped tens of thousands of Australians get vital information, support and treatment to aid their recovery.
PANDA operates Australia’s only National Helpline for women, men and families struggling with perinatal anxiety and depression. The organisation also provides information and resources to the community to help increase awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression and to provide advice around seeking support.
PANDA is also looking to recruit parents of multiples right across Australia to join its Community Champions Program. Community Champions have lived with perinatal anxiety or depression and are using their experiences to help raise awareness about the illness. They also help out by distributing resources and information about perinatal anxiety and depression in their local communities.
It’s a great chance for parents of multiples to help raise awareness about an illness that is more prevalent among multiple birth parents than it is in the general community.
If you are a parent of multiples and have experienced perinatal anxiety or depression, and want to become a PANDA Community Champion to help other parents understand what is happening to them so they know to seek support, then you can apply here: https://www.tfaforms.com/
PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Helpline Ph: 1300 726 306 (10am-5pm AEST Mon-Fri)
Clubs can contact PANDA at email@example.com to order resources for use at expectant parent information evenings.
For more information, visit: https://www.panda.org.au/