What is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week?
Perinatal Depression & Anxiety (PNDA) Awareness Week is an important opportunity to raise awareness about perinatal mental health issues in your local community. Up to 1 in 5 new and expectant parents experience some form of perinatal mental health issues, but lack of awareness means that many don’t get the support they need.
PNDA Awareness week is a time to increase community knowledge about mental health during the perinatal period and eliminate the stigma so that those affected can seek appropriate help and support.
WayAhead, previously known as the Mental Health Association NSW, is encouraging community organisations and individuals across NSW to get involved in PNDA Awareness Week.
When is it?
Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PNDA) Week is held on the 11th to the 17th of November in 2019 and is a great opportunity to raise awareness about perinatal mental health issues in your local community.
Together we can raise awareness about depression & anxiety and other mental illnesses experienced during the perinatal period. Raising awareness helps those affected and those who care about them to seek help.
Our 2019 theme is Your baby is one in a million, are you 1 in 5? This theme was chosen as it highlights that perinatal depression and anxiety is more common than we think – around 1 in 5 new and expectant birth parents, and up to 1 in 10 non-birth parents experience problematic symptoms of perinatal anxiety and/or depression.
If you could be experiencing this, it’s important to know that you’re not alone – chances are another parent you know has been through it – and there is support. In fact, with the right support, people who experience PNDA are responsive, sensitive caregivers who can give their baby everything they need.
Support PNDA Awareness Week 2019
WayAhead’s exceptionally popular information pamphlet is being reprinted this year. Orders can be made on the PNDA website, by 4th of October. To order your resources, please complete this form
Order are usually mailed by late October and take 7 working days to arrive at delivery address.
Early support is key to successfully overcoming PNDA, but many new and expectant caregivers don't know what to look out for. PNDA Awareness Week is an opportunity to bring greater awareness to this important issue. You can boost the campaign by sharing information on social media, downloading resources, and including the campaign image in your email signature.
Suggested information to include in social and other media:
- Perinatal Depression and Anxiety is more common than you think – 1 in 5 birth parents and 1 in 10 non-birth parents experience problematic symptoms of anxiety and depression during the perinatal period. If you think you could be experiencing this head to pnda.wayahead.org.au to take the test and find out more. #AreYou1in5
- Perinatal Depression and Anxiety doesn’t just affect new mums, it can happen to all sorts of parents: dads and non-birth parents, sex, sexuality, and/or gender diverse parents, as well as foster carers, adoptive parents, and extended family. Head to pnda.wayahead.org.au to take the test and find out more. #AreYou1in5
- If you’re worried about a partner, family member, or friend, there are loads of things you can do to support them. Check out our Stress Less Tips to find out ways you can support someone you care about here pnda.wayahead.org.au #AreYou1in5
- Did you know that over 100,000 families across Australia are affected by Perinatal Depression and Anxiety each year? To find out more, head to pnda.wayahead.org.au #AreYou1in5
- PNDA is tough, but people who experience it can still be effective, compassionate caregivers – and early support is key. Take the test pnda.wayahead.org.au and find out more. #AreYou1in5
Click on one of the posters below to download and print.
We encourage members of the community to put on events to raise awareness for perinatal depression and anxiety, if you’re organising an event for PNDA Awareness Week, you can register your event and have it published on our events calendar.
Information regarding statistical prevalence of PNDA:
Loughnan, S. A., Newby, J. M., Haskelberg, H., Mahoney, A., Kladnitski, N., Smith, J., ... & Andrews, G. (2018). Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for perinatal anxiety and depression versus treatment as usual: study protocol for two randomised controlled trials. Trials, 19(1), 56.
The ”Test” is based on the 3-Question Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale:
Boyce, P., Stubbs, J., & Todd, A. (1993). The Edinburgh postnatal depression scale: validation for an Australian sample. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 27(3), 472-476.
Kabir, K., Sheeder, J., & Kelly, L. S. (2008). Identifying postpartum depression: are 3 questions as good as 10?. Pediatrics, 122(3), e696-e702.
Matthey, S., Barnett, B., Kavanagh, D. J., & Howie, P. (2001). Validation of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale for men, and comparison of item endorsement with their partners. Journal of affective disorders, 64(2-3), 175-184.