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PANDA Hosts Annual Lunch In Federation Square

by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Editor of melbourne.kidtown.com.au
In Memory Of Melbourne Mother Louise Litis

Postnatal depression aka PND is a subject that is very close many Melbourne parents' hearts and minds.

Around 1 in 7 expecting or new mums in Australia will be affected by perinatal anxiety or depression and about 1 in 10 dads will also experience the condition, which amounts to over 100,000 new parents affected every year.**

#bePNDAaware


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The transition to parenthood is difficult. "Nothing prepares you for a baby" is a cliche term, but oh-so-true. As soon as your little baby arrives home for the first time, your life changes dramatically. Sometimes adjusting to that change is overwhelming and very difficult. Support during the early weeks of life with a newborn is inevitably important, but unfortunately, not always available.

Spotting the early signs of PND is tricky, because you don't know what you should be looking for. That is when PANDA's FREE Helpline may help.

PANDA is a non-profit, self-help organisation, which provides information, support and referral to anyone affected by post and antenatal mood disorders. PANDA is an invaluable service for anyone who may be struggling.

PANDAís National Helpline manages around 10,000 calls each year. Over the last twelve months PANDA has seen a 50 per cent increase in men contacting the Helpline.**

You and your family are invited to a Photography for Parents Workshop on Sunday 28th April 2019 at Fitzroy Gardens.
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This Friday, PANDA holds its 8th annual lunch, which is hosted in memory of Louise Litis, a woman who very sadly died following a battle with postnatal depression 8 years ago.

Each year, members of the Melbourne community who support PANDAs mission, get together in Federation Square for the annual lunch, which helps raise awareness and vital funds to assist the important not for profit organisation.

The Ageís social affairs reporter Miki Perkins who experienced postnatal depression herself, will host a panel conversation at the lunch with KIIS FM radio host and PANDA Ambassador Matt Tilley emceeing the event.

While PANDA shouldn't be used as a substitute for your own health professional's advice, if you, or anyone you know, would like to speak to someone relating to possible perinatal anxiety or depression, please call the Helpline on 1300 726 306. The Helpline operations 10am to 5pm EST.

For more information, head to panda.org.au


:**Data provided by PANDA
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You and your family are invited to a Photography for Parents Workshop on Sunday 28th April 2019 at Fitzroy Gardens.
The Geelong Crochet Club meets on a regular basis to learn crochet, meet other local mums, and to have a good chat. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to come along.
The magical sight of Japanís famous cherry blossoms will be on show right here in Victoria this September and October in a family-friendly festival, and you could win a family pass!
This August, to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), NUK is giving away a complete collection of Nature Sense products, including the NUK Nature Sense Electric Breast Pump, along with Nature Sense Bottles and Teats.
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