Postnatal depression forum

A community Expo is being held on Friday 22 November 2013 to raise awareness about Postnatal Depression.

The event is being held at City Hall in Hobart from 11am - 1pm as part of National Postnatal Depression Awareness Week.

The aim of the community expo is to shine a light on postnatal depression so that women and families know support is available, and to reduce the stigma so that they are more likely to seek that support.

Children to be entertained by an Alice in Wonderland live performance and a tea party with characters from the show, including Alice and the Mad Hatter.  There will also be face painting and lots of giveaways.

Adults and parents will be able to browse over 30 stalls featuring a diverse range of government, non-government, and community support available.

The truth about postnatal depression:

  • Pregnancy and the year following a baby's birth is a time of great change in a woman's life, placing her at much higher risk of developing depression and other mental health disorders.
  • Research shows that depression and/or anxiety are experienced by at least 1 in 10 women during pregnancy and 1 in 6 women in the year following birth.

Women who are experiencing depression and anxiety can get help by calling the Mental Health Helpline 1800 332 388 or their GP.

Further information can be found on the Post and Antenatal Depression Association websitewww.panda.org.au

The event is being hosted by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and the Conception to Community collaboration, with the support of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative.