Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa is a non-government funded organisation working to improve outcomes for families and whānau affected by mental illnesses related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. Our mission is to eliminate the stigma around perinatal mental health in Aotearoa by championing awareness and facilitating best practices in perinatal mental health and wellbeing to ensure all families and whānau have equitable access to appropriate information and support.
We run training events for health care professionals and voluntary groups to educate them about the diagnosis and treatment options of mental illnesses experienced during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.
We also run community events, fundraising events, pop-up chats, develop resources, and produce vignettes which focus on perinatal mental health, raising awareness, and reducing stigma.
Trust House Foundation funding enabled us to run an educational training day for health care professionals and voluntary groups at the beautiful Lansdowne House which was attended by 37 care providers working with families and whānau throughout the Wairarapa. Your funding also allowed us to offer this training free of charge creating equitable access for all. Our training will continue to benefit thousands of new parents and their children as they are now better connected with each other as they have had the opportunity to meet each other and to stay connected in the future.
Our training had many benefits but perhaps the most important is that for future generations we can positively impact the early years of a child’s life.
Photo : Perinatal Mental Health workshop at Lansdowne House.