Raising awareness to help parents through PND

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Having a baby should be the happiest time of your life - right?

Sadly, that's not always the case.

The Gidget Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that began following the death of a young Sydney mum who took her own life when her baby was just nine months old. She was suffering from unrecognised postnatal depression.

Her family and friends got together, determined to increase awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression (PND) and reduce the risk of another loss. 

Studies show that 20 per cent of mothers and 10 per cent of fathers will experience some degree of clinically diagnosable mental health illness in association with pregnancy or early parenthood.

For couples in mining and resources, where one parent is often away on FIFO or DIDO rosters for extended periods, it's particularly important to be aware of the signs and seek support when you need it.

The Gidget Foundation has joined forces with PANDA (Victoria's Post and Antenatal Depression Association) to create a DVD about perinatal anxiety and depression. Titled Behind the Mask: the hidden struggle of parenthood, the DVD presents real-life stories of new parents who've experienced and overcome perinatal depression and anxiety, and features insights from experts and health professionals.

You can check out part of the film on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjqOqJLkyFs.

For more details about the Gidget Foundation and its work in increasing awareness about PND, please visit www.gidgetfoundation.com.au.

Please also see: PND: a thief that steals motherhood

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