6-12 November

This year’s theme is:

We get the challenges faced in pregnancy and early parenthood. We want expectant and new parents to know, that they are not alone. We’re here, we get it.

The transition into parenthood can be tough

1 in 5 new mums and 1 in 10 new dads experience perinatal depression and anxiety, which is around 100,000 Australian parents each year.

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Daily Themes

If you’re a parent living with Perinatal Depression or Anxiety, take a moment to consider one theme each day this week, and see if there is someone you can talk to about them.

6-12th November

Perinatal Mental Health Week

Each day we will have a new daily theme.

We welcome you to come back during Perinatal Health Week 6-12 November to learn more.

Share With Us

Help spread the word by sharing a theme image that resonates with you on social media tagged with #PMHWeek2022

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Partners

Togetherness, always

Artwork by Rheanna Lotter
“With this artwork, I wanted to create a meeting place, representing family and connection. The dots around the shape hold our story together, with the symbols of the sun, moon and stars, representing night and day to demonstrate the importance of togetherness, always.”

Rheanna Lotter is a proud Yuin woman and founder of Ngandabaa (Yun-Da-Baa; named after her grandfather Keith Thorne). Growing up in Willow Vale in the NSW Southern Highlands, Rheanna now lives and works in Western Sydney.

She has supported many companies and clients across Australia to showcase modern and contemporary Aboriginal Art, sharing culture in unique ways and creating artworks for all Australians to enjoy. Rheanna has worked with various organisations with bespoke artworks including Gidget Foundation Australia, the AFL and Boeing and recently designed the 2021 Australian Paralympic team uniforms.

Social media toolkit

Use our downloadable toolkit of social media messages and graphics to advocate for Perinatal Mental Health Week 2022.

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How to ask for support

If you know a new or expectant parent there are many ways to offer support. It can be hard to know where to start. One idea is to simply ask “How they are going?” and then listen really well. The earlier the intervention the better the outcome for all.

Asking your daughter or son

It can be tough to watch your daughter or son adjust to parenthood if you see them being unsettled. You could reflect on your own experience as a way to open up discussion with them or tell them about what they were like as a baby.

Always encourage openness and honesty and offer them reassurance at the same time. Asking what they need might also be helpful and just being there in any way you can.

Asking your friend

Getting your friend out for a walk or coffee and talking at the same time might be useful. Check in often, offer times to connect and give them space to respond.

If you can ask them “How is it going being a parent?” or share a funny story of your own might encourage them to open up. Validate their feelings and listen well.

Asking your partner

A weekly catch up where there are limited interruptions might be a good time to really ask how your partner is going, You could each do this as regular check in.

Timing is important and making sure you can offer support, ideas, or just a good listening ear. Sometimes you just need someone to be there and ask the question. Phones away for this time to connect!

Asking yourself

If you notice changes in yourself then take some quiet time, reflect on how you are feeling and be patient with yourself as you settle into this new parenting space.

Recognise and label the emotions. If what you normally do is not helping you feel better, then reach out to a trusted friend or family member to get more support. Stay connected with others and make a plan.