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PANDAS, Pre-natal mental health awareness #PNDAW17 week kicks off today (4th-10th September 2017). Their aim is ‘To be the UK’s most recognised and trusted support service for families suffering prenatal/antenatal and postnatal illnesses.” This is something we fully support and want to keep raising awareness for. We love their hashtag #itsoknottobeok
PANDAS Foundation(Pre and Postnatal depression advice and support) was founded in august 2011 and was set up to support individuals and their families suffering from Pre and Postnatal mental illnesses.
Their primary belief is that no parent should feel alone while suffering- whether its during the antenatal period, or following birth. They empathise with the individual behind the illness, and give them the advice and support they need to aid their recovery.
PANDAS offers a variety of support and we will share the direct link below. They have an updated website, an online community and support groups as well as a PANDAS helpline.
Last year, PANDAS Foundation held the first ever Pre and Postnatal Depression Awareness Week. They wanted to highlight mental illnesses during and after pregnancy – and along with their supporters, volunteers, the media, and other organisations, they did.
This year, they are focused on prenatal mental health. Also known as antenatal depression, anxiety or OCD, mental illnesses during pregnancy are far more common than many people realise. They want to look at how mental well-being during pregnancy can be affected by illnesses such as depression, anxiety and OCD and what can be done to support families through this.
We are no experts in this field, so we highly recommend to get in touch with The PANDAS Helpline which is available from 9am – 8pm every day. They have a dedicated volunteer team that are on hand to offer support, advice and can help to signpost to other organisations if necessary. Their number is 0843 28 98 401
Do not keep it to yourself, do not hide it as you are not alone in this. Join your local support group, speak to your GP or read about Post Natal information provided by PANDAS. Find our ways you can get involved here.