Perinatal Awareness Week 2019

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During Perinatal Awareness Week (11-17 November), learn about the risk factors for depression and anxiety in new and expectant parents, and how to manage these issues.

During Perinatal Awareness Week (11-17 November), learn about the risk factors for depression and anxiety in new and expectant parents, and how to manage these issues.

The term ‘perinatal’ refers to the period during pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life. Research has shown that barriers to detecting and disclosing these mental health issues include a lack of recognition of symptoms, denial, stigma, and feelings of shame, guilt or failure.

With around 100,000 Australian families affected by perinatal anxiety and depression every year, this is a common mental health condition that does not discriminate. Mothers, fathers and other carers can be affected. In fact, 1 in 10 fathers will experience postnatal depression - a fact which is often overlooked.

Postnatal depression and anxiety in mothers is common, affecting one in six women. Beyond Blue's Mums’ Mental Health Checklist is a great place for mums to learn more and seek support.

A free 'Emotional health and wellbeing: A guide for pregnant women, new mums and other carers' resource is also available to help new and expectant mums, parents and/or carers if they’re experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Consider checking the suite of Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health pathways on Illawarra Shoalhaven HealthPathways or ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways for localised information.