Recognising PANDA Week 2020

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA) Week is recognised on the 8-14 November and we are proud to offer services to support mums and families both at our hospitals and through our community social outreach services.

6 Nov 2020

Lucys story 

We are sharing real postnatal mental health stories from our clients and advancements in the field from our caregivers to raise awareness of the symptoms and where to seek help. 

Rachael's story - First-time mum, Rachael, is a former client of St John of God Raphael Services and shares her story on how the service helped her overcome anxiety and depression, and build a stronger bond with her son.

Lucy’s story - Lucy talks about her postnatal experience, the symptoms that lead her to be admitted to the St John of God Burwood Hospital’s Mother and Baby Unit and why it was the best option for her and her family.

Tye's story - It wasn’t until a year after the birth of her first born that Tye sought help for her emotional wellbeing, but looking back she wishes she had reached out sooner. 

Living with pregnancy loss - Pregnancy loss is common, impacting approximately 150,000 Australians each year, but it’s a topic that is still largely shrouded in silence.

Online support proves valuable for new mums - New research into online therapy program, MUMentum Postnatal, has shown that it is an effective way to support women with postnatal anxiety and depression and can provide more opportunities to get help during this critical time.

Giving mums hope through access to mental health care - A mental health screen tool developed by St John of God Burwood Hospital researchers was recently included in new national guidelines to help improve the wellbeing of pregnant women and new mums.