Perinatal Mental Health Week 2020 - "We're still here, we're still listening".  

10 November 2020

Perinatal Mental Health Week 2020 is an opportunity to raise awareness and collaborate nationally to support new and expecting parents in need. The theme for Perinatal Mental Health Week this year is: "we're still here, we're still listening".  

Themes of the week include: 

Day 1: Covid-19
"COVID-19 changed every expectation (I had) about pregnancy, birth and new parenthood."

Day 2: Stigma 
"I knew something was wrong, but I was too scared to tell anyone."

Day 3: Fathers & Partners 
"I didn’t know that dads could also experience perinatal depression and anxiety."

Day 4: Rural & Remote
"I felt even more isolated as a new parent in a regional town."

Day 5: Trauma (including birth)
"I didn’t know how my own trauma would impact on my parenting."

Day 6: Grief & Loss
"I never knew I could feel so broken."

Day 7: Promoting support services
"The support I was able to access saved my life."

Perinatal Mental Health Week 2020 is a collaborative effort and a number of organisations are involved in helping stimulate conversations and encourage expecting families & new parents in need to reach out. 

Participating organisations this year include: 

  • Australasian Birth Trauma Association
  • Bears of Hope
  • Birthing Dads
  • Centre for Perinatal Psychology
  • COPE
  • Gidget Foundation Australia
  • Jean Hailes
  • Karitane
  • Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness
  • Perinatal Wellbeing Centre
  • Pink Elephants Support Network
  • Parent-Infant Research Institute
  • Radiance Network
  • SMS4Dads
  • St John of God Health Care
  • Stillbirth Foundation Australia
  • Tresillian
  • Tweddle

This week is also proudly supported by:

  • NSW Government
  • Mental Health Australia
  • New South Wales Mental Health Commission
  • Mental Health Coordinating Council
  • Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • ACT Health

Visit the Perinatal Mental Health Week Website for more information. 

Join the WHA Perinatal Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG) Network:

WHA members are invited to join this multi-disciplinary network to learn and share information regarding the challenges of providing services that address Perinatal Mental Health needs. Topics being discussed include:  

  • e-PIMH supporting rural and regional workforce to build capacity and support perinatal & infant mental health needs   
  • iCOPE Perinatal Mental Health Digital Screening – benefits and data opportunities 
  • Perinatal Mental Health Support via Telehealth – opportunities, barriers and challenges   
  • QLD Perinatal & Infant Mental Health strategies and the first 1000 days – linking through technology  
  • Challenges of Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner in Rural and Remote Australia 

If you are an employee of a member hospital and have an active user account to our online Members Community you can access some of our recent conversations below: