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PANDA’s National Helpline provides info & support to anyone affected by anxiety & depression during pregnancy & after childbirth.

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PANDA supports thousands of expecting and new parents every year, and coming up to the festive season we really need your help. Please donate this December to support expecting and new mums and dads affected by perinatal anxiety and depression and postnatal psychosis and to help us raise awareness about this common and serious illness. Your generosity today can make a real difference in the lives of expecting and new parents – and could even save lives. Follow the link in our bio to donate now 😊

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❤️ @bymariandrew

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Donate to PANDA to help us support the 100,000 Australian families who experience perinatal anxiety and depression every year! Your donation today will make a genuine difference 💙panda.org.au

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We love these totally relatable illustrations by Molly McIntyre and the @postpartumstress centre for their #speakthesecret campaign ✨ If you’re an expecting or new parent worried about the way you are feeling, head to panda.org.au or give our helpline a call on 1300 726 306 (M-F 9am - 7.30pm AEST).

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"I wish I had known about perinatal anxiety, so I wasn't so frightened". Thank you @clementine_ford for sharing your story 💙 Read it on smh.com.au #pandaweek #iwishiknew

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Her's another 'I wish I knew' shared by one of PANDA's Community Champions. Our Community Champions program draws on the voices, passion and energy of mums and dads who have recovered from perinatal anxiety, depression and postnatal psychosis. Together we raise awareness, reduce stigma and share a message of hope and recovery. If this sounds like a team you'd like to join, you can apply online! Go to panda.org.au and search 'Community Champions' for more info ⭐ #iwishiknew #pandaweek

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Today marks the anniversary of Yes Day, when the results of the marriage equality postal survey were announced. Despite the majority YES vote and subsequent legislating of marriage equality, we know from our work on the Helpline and in the community that the postal survey was an difficult and fraught time for many LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer) parent families, and that the emotional impacts of the postal survey process continue to reverberate in many people’s lives. Please know that the PANDA Helpline is here for ALL expecting and new parents. 1300 726 306 (M-F 9am - 7.30pm AEST) #lovemakesafamily

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If you are struggling with emotional wellbeing or mental health during pregnancy or early parenthood, it can be hard to know what to do. PANDA can help. Visit panda.org.au to learn more. #pandaweek #iwishiknew

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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. Expecting and new parents telling others about their struggles, or admitting they need help and seeking treatment or advice is not a sign of weakness. It shows that they want the best for themselves and their family. Learn more at panda.org.au

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It can take many weeks for a new mum (or dad) to bond with their baby. Like any other type of relationship, real bonding between mum and dad and baby can take time to grow. Learn more at panda.org.au #iwishiknew #pandaweek

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Most people are surprised to know that around 1 in 10 new dads experience perinatal (during pregnancy or after birth) anxiety or depression. Learn more at www.panda.org.au.

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If you have experienced perinatal (during pregnancy or after birth) anxiety or depression, your chance of experiencing depression with future births is thought to be up to 40%. However, with understanding of your experience, including knowing when to get help and having a strong support network, the risk or severity can be reduced. 💛 Learn more at panda.org.au #iwishiknew #pandaweek

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Perinatal (from conception through to the first year after birth) anxiety and depression affects around 100,000 families across Australia every year. Left untreated, it can have a devastating impact on parents, partners, baby and the rest of the family. In the worst cases, lives can even be put at risk. Learn more about the signs and symptoms at panda.org.au. #iwishiknew #pandaweek

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Today we’re launching PANDA’s Mental Health Checklist for Expecting and New Parents! It's an easy way for expecting and new parents who are struggling with their new role to find out whether their feelings are normal or something more serious. Users have the option to remain anonymous, or to request a call back from PANDA. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can start feeling better. Follow the link in our bio to learn more!

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Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness (PANDA) Week is here! We're kicking off conversations around the country about perinatal anxiety and depression and postnatal psychosis. The PANDA Week theme this year is ‘I wish I knew’, because many expecting and new mums and dads are surprised and shocked by how challenging becoming a parent can be. Help us raise awareness in your own community about this serious but treatable illness. Learn more by following the link in our bio.

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Less than two weeks until PANDA Week! Get involved and host a PANDA day event. We know one of the main reasons many expecting and new parents affected by perinatal anxiety and depression don’t reach out for help is because they don’t understand what is happening to them. Hosting a PANDA Day event is a great way to help us keep the conversation going about perinatal mental health! Join forces with others across the country and be part of something big. Follow the link in our bio to register your event.

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We couldn’t agree more @mamatribelove 💖

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Support PANDA and your community of mamas and papas – host a PANDA Day event. 💖 We know one of the main reasons many expecting and new parents affected by perinatal anxiety and depression don’t reach out for help is because they don’t understand what is happening to them. Hosting a PANDA Day event is a great way to help us keep the conversation going about perinatal mental health! Your PANDA Day event can be anything you can imagine (get creative!) but here are some ideas: - Host a lunch, barbecue or dinner - Organise a movie night - Host a cocktail party - Arrange a stall at a local market - Host a morning tea or picnic. If you want to join forces with others across the country and be part of something big, host your event for PANDA Week (11 – 17 November). Head to our website to register your interest! Link in bio ✨

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You are enough 💚

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PANDA Community Champion Mel Watts sat down with @chezzidenyer for the first episode of the second season of @mummytimeco TV to explore the serious issue of anxiety and depression during pregnancy and early parenthood. The episode also features video messages from PANDA Community Champions Ani, Mellisa, Larah. Thank you to all involved. Follow the link in our bio to watch the clip!

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On connecting with your baby: The truth is, if it takes a little while to learn to connect with your baby, it’s common and completely normal. if you’re worried that your emotional or mental state might be affecting your ability to connect with your baby, or that your feelings around the connection with your baby are impacting your mental health, then please call PANDA’s Helpline. PANDA’s Helpline is a safe and secure place to express your concerns and our counsellors can help you explore your feelings and put you on a path towards feeling better and strengthening the bond. Follow the link in our bio for more information.

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