More and more Aussie women who are pregnant or have given birth, are battling depression and or anxiety.
Shocking research also shows 1 in 10 of callers to a national helpline are at serious risk of self- harm or suicide.
Post and antenatal depression and anxiety affects around 100,000 Aussie families every year and this week (12th - 18th November) we are raising awareness about it, encouraging both men and women to start open and honest conversations about a serious and common illness.
PANDA has told the HIT Network that parents feel increased pressure as a result of the perceptions of parenting portrayed on social media, when the reality is very different.
The stigma attached to not being the perfect, prepared and organised parent leaves many delaying or not seeking help.
PANDA - a specialist not for profit organisation - operates a National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline for families, saying it gets 1 in 2 calls from people who are completely blindsided by the unexpected challenged of parenthood.
Listen to Panda CEO Terri Smith's thoughts on mental health and motherhood: