Today my Mental Health Week focus is on PANDA, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia.
The Perinatal period extends from when pregnancy begins to the first year after the baby is born.
PANDA provides a vital service across Australia by offering the only specialist national perinatal mental health telephone counselling service, as well as reducing stigma around perinatal anxiety and depression, and providing education services to health professionals and the wider community.
PANDA’s services include:
Helpline (10am-5pm Monday to Friday) 1300 726 306
PANDA’s telephone information, couselling and referral service us staffed by trained volunteers, professional counsellors and supervising staff.
PANDA has access to local services throughout Australia, including:
- PND Support Groups
- Other support with experience working with families with perinatal depression and anxietyVisit PANDAs website: www.panda.org.au
The Wilted Rose
The Wilted Rose is the story of one Australian family’s struggle with mental illness during the 1960s and 70s. The story depicts the rise and fall of ambitious young woman Sarah Ross, whose pursuit of a nursing career in the 1950s is challenged by tradition and religion. After Sarah’s mental health deteriorates, her dedicated husband Jack adopts the role of her carer, and their daughter Grace must survive adolescence through great adversity, before their family finally receive a definitive diagnosis for Sarah’s condition. The Wilted Rose is a moving story of passion, heartache, and unbreakable family bonds.
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Mental health support is so very important not only for sufferers but for their families as well. I am so proud that I can use my book to draw much needed attention to this worthy cause.