Last year, PANDAS Foundation held the first ever Pre and Postnatal Depression Awareness Week. We wanted to highlight mental illnesses during and after pregnancy – and along with our supporters, volunteers, the media, and other organisations, we did.
This year, we are focused on prenatal mental health. Also known as antenatal depression, anxiety or OCD, mental illnesses during pregnancy are far more common than many people realise. We want to look at how mental well-being during pregnancy can be affected by illnesses such as depression, anxiety and OCD and what can be done to support families through this.
But we can’t do this without you.
Our prenatal mental health campaign week starts on the 4th of September, and there are lots of different ways you can get involved. Whether you are someone with a prenatal mental illness, if you’d have one in the past, you’re a health professional or an organisation/charity – there are lots of way you get involved as we explain below.
There will be lots of stories and posts being shared by us and friends of PANDAS so please make sure you follow us and turn on your notifications, so you can see what we are up to. In the meantime, here are just a few ways you can get involved and be a part of the fantastic work going on during the week.
Sharing your own experience of prenatal mental illness is vital in helping others feel less alone. We ask that you are recovered, or feel well enough to share, but if you have a story or an experience you feel could help spread the word that it’s OK not to be OK, please get in touch. Email our team at email@example.com and we will be in touch.
Sharing your story could be a number of things. You could write a blog for us, speak to the media, share your photos, or talk online. You could even share anonymously if you would rather. Please get in touch, and help others feel less alone.
As we’ve said, sharing posts from us our our Supporters on social media is brilliant to get the conversation going, you can also sign up for our Twibbon for your social media profiles, and most importantly, tell your friends and family that you support the awareness week.
The work PANDAS does in supporting those with pre or postnatal mental illness isn’t just for those going through it – we support their friends, their family members, and even speak to employers about mental health in the workplace. PANDAS is here for everyone.
We are also looking for bloggers to support PANDAS, by writing or sharing a Guest Blog. Contact us if you want to be involved, here.
PANDAS could not exist without our volunteers. As a peer support charity, we rely on those who have experienced perinatal mental illnesses, or have a passion for making change. You don’t need to have had pre or postnatal mental illness to get involved, but an interest in supporting those who do is vital.
With full training, safeguarding and supervision, you can volunteer from home or in your local community in order to help those who need us. From an hour a week, you could make a difference to those with mental illnesses. And whatever your skills – whether you’re a great listener, are skilled at raising funds, have a keen eye for organisation and admin, or just want to make a difference – we need you. Find our more about joining our team here.
Being on team PANDAS doesn’t just mean volunteering – it’s also becoming a fundraiser. This could be a bake sale, a fun run, or perhaps you are a health care professional who wants to run a drop-in information day? Our fundraising team would be happy to help with further information on this. Get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve put together some useful downloads for you, to help you spread the word about #PNDAW17.
Click the link below to go to our downloads page, where you’ll find supporter badges for your website or blog, posts you can share on Facebook and twitter, and even posters you can display in your local community centre or doctor’s surgery.