Help available for perinatal depression and anxiety

Help available for perinatal depression and anxiety

Mater Mothers recently recognised Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week (13 to 19 November) by chatting to mums and dads about the signs of this condition and the help available through Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre.

Depression and anxiety in pregnancy and after the baby is born is very common and can affect anyone.

Depression and anxiety affects one in ten pregnant women and one in twenty expectant fathers. After baby is born, one in seven new mums and one in ten new dads will experience depression. The rates of anxiety are believed to be even higher.

Mental illness in the perinatal period is serious; suicide is the largest cause of unexpected death in women in the first year postpartum.  

Although these emotional challenges are very common, often they are not spoken about.

In the short time since the new Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre opened, the centre has seen a high percentage of women with high levels of anxiety and depression. With the help of the centre’s exceptional staff, Mater can assist new mums and their families by offering early screening and intervention.

To make a booking to attend Mater Mothers’ Parenting Support Centre and access its free services, please phone
07 3163 2229.

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