I have been so incredibly fortunate to not have suffered Post or Antenatal Depression, but it breaks my heart that people struggle with it. Having a baby is such an emotional, momentous occasion and to suffer with something so debilitating on top of it all is just cruel.
I attended a picnic recently to help raise awareness of PANDA (the Post and Antenatal Depression Association)’s initiative on educating the community on the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after birth. PANDA provides ongoing support to families to assist in their recovery, and have been doing so for 28 years.
Proudly supported by Queensland Cricket, the picnic was a ton of fun for a bunch of bloggers and their families. Picnic baskets on picnic blankets in the shade, and the littlies (and some brave parents!) learning cricket-related cricket things at the IN2CRICKET clinic. Had I not brought Pepper with me, I totally would have been out there – it’s a new shorter version of the game that I could totally handle… standing out in the hot sun for five days just ain’t my style. Don’t they say a quick game’s a good game?!
Abby was straight into the packed-to-the-brim picnic basket very kindly supplied to us – muffins, sandwiches, popcorn, muesli bars, cheese and crackers, fresh fruit… I had to hide some things so I could get a bite! I ravaged it on the drive home while she slept, haha. I also ate almost all the gluten free cinnamon and coconut Baked By Mum cookies when I got home with the world’s largest cup of tea. I must say too, that cheese was utterly divine. And there was even a coffee guy! Such a well-run, fun day.
Pepper slept like an absolute trooper. Squealed for a bit at first, then was content.
Even when we had to take her out of her swaddle suit for a newspaper photo. She was such a little doll.
One of the highlights for me was the specially-made Mummabubba teething jewellery PANDA collection – we each got a bracelet which I know will be put to good use! You can buy yours for $10 at panda.org.au – they even have necklaces! I have a bunch of these, I think they’re great.
Picnics and tea. Match made in heaven, yes?
Even Pepper got some snacks.
Next week is Postnatal depression awareness week (18-24) and there is a flurry of social media stuff to join in with during that time. From blog posts to instagram love, facebook and twitter, there’s something for everyone to show their support. Brand Meets Blog has a post about all the options here.
Their goal is to ensure any parents who are struggling know that they are not alone and that help is available.
You can join your blog post at the linky here. Otherwise, I’ll see you on Instagram! (seriously, where else am I these days).
If you need help, the number to call at PANDA is 1300 726 306, there will be someone there Monday-Friday 9am to 7pm.