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Parental Leave Essentials Podcast Series Parents At Work Podcast - Parents At Work 10th November 2019
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Week – with Gidget Foundation
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Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Week – with Gidget Foundation

Nearly 50% of new parents experience adjustment disorders, with 1 in 5 new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers suffer perinatal anxiety and depression. Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Week aims to spread awareness about the mental health implications associated with entering parenthood. According to an analysis done by PwC Australia, Perinatal Depression and Anxiety is costing Australia $877 million annually.

To help raise awareness of why this week is important to acknowledge, Emma Walsh, CEO of Parents at Work, and Arabella Gibson, CEO of Gidget Foundation, discuss the impact of perinatal anxiety and depression on the individual. Arabella talks about the effects a new baby has on a person’s life and how the corresponding stressors and disruptions to routine can have significant mental health implications. She also explores how multiple risk factors including financial, emotional, and physical external stressors can increase the chance of emotional distress. This podcast discussion helps parents identify the risks and guide them where to look for support including free services both face to face and online.

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