SPREADING THE WORD & SUPPORT
“Perinatal anxiety and depression affect up to one in five expecting or new mums and one in ten expecting or new dads.”
In this one hour presentation with Josie, you will learn about perinatal anxiety and depression, specifically, the signs and symptoms, impacts of the illness and what you can do to support someone struggling.
Josie experienced perinatal anxiety and depression with both of her children and since recovering has been volunteering for the past four years, with Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia, as a community educator and champion. Josie also uses her lived experience to raise awareness, reduce shame and stigma and encourages affected people to seek help through her venture 'Smiling after PND'
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" TESTIMONIALS "
"The education of healthcare professionals within our services is a crucial part of the services that we provide at MHW in our perinatal mental health service. Josie worked with myself and PANDA to provide an educational session at our hospital grand round that was extremely well received by all who attended, including obstetricians, midwives, allied health and mental health clinicians. She gave well-articulated thoughtful reflections on her own experiences of having lived through anxiety and depression in the post-natal period including some tangible strategies for how health professionals could ‘Ask the questions about mental health of the women they are working with’ and respond in ways that were helpful and supportive for women. Everyone who attended the session expressed the view that they had gained valuable insights into the impact that living with a mental health disorder can have on a person and strategies for how to speak with women about their mental health from the session. Josie is an excellent speaker and her thoughtful, sensitive reflections on her experiences provided a very powerful learning opportunity for everyone who attended.
I very much recommend having Josie provide a session for your organisation."
Dr Gaynor Blankley Psychiatrist, Deputy Clinical Services Director (Head of Perinatal) - Mercy Mental Health.