PANDA Perinatal Anxiety And Depression Australia
Mums & Bubs
PANDA provides a vital service across Australia including multiples in Victoria, 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 offers a national helpline on weekdays and its counselling and referral service is staffed by trained volunteers, professional counsellors and supervising staff.
Through a community education program, trained volunteers use personal experiences to raise awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression. The program aims to encourage people to seek help early for mental health issues and break down stigma around perinatal mental health. Volunteers speak in forums such as playgroups and new mums’ groups. They also attend large public forums, such as the Pregnancy, Baby and Children Expo, which brings them into contact with thousands of people
What you need to know
National helpline: 1300 726 306
For more information on support groups and supported playgroups, contact PANDA
For more information: see website