Walk for depression

A section of the crowd that took part in the walk.
A section of the crowd that took part in the walk.

It was one of many events held across Australia to promote PND Awareness Week from Novermber 17 to 23.

More than 50 mums, babies, children, dads and relatives dressed in purple and walked to show their support for families affected by antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety.

Local organisations were well represented including Swan Family Connect, Midland Women’s Health Care Place, Perth Central East Metro Medicare Local, Ngala, the Swan Alliance, City of Swan and St John of God Health Care.

All families received a purple helium balloon, apple and water, free coffee and a beyondblue bag full of goodies including children’s books supplied by The West Australian, The Sunday Times and the Swan Alliance.

Tip sheets on how parents can promote their mental health as well as the newly launched Act Belong Commit brochures for new mums were also included.

Anyone concerned that they or a loved one may be struggling with postnatal depression should contact Midland Women’s Health Care Place on 9250 2221 for support and information or call the national PANDA helpline on 1300 726 306.

Visit www.beyondblue.org.au/resources/for-me/pregnancy-and-early-parenthood.