Gidget Foundation Australia is made up of a dedicated group of health professionals, parents, friends, family members, and supporters – all of whom share a passion for raising awareness of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety.
The Gidget Foundation is a not for profit organisation supporting the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents. Their aim is to raise awareness of perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA) amongst women and their families, healthcare providers and the wider community, ensuring that vulnerable people receive timely, appropriate and supportive care.
PNDA and the difficulties of early parenting affects approximately 1 in 5 new mums and 1 in 10 new dads. This equates to over 100,000 new parents every year experiencing some degree of mental health illness in association with pregnancy or early parenthood. Over 50% of new parents will experience adjustment disorders so the cost to the workplace, the family and the community is significant and poorly recognised.
STEPHEN'S PNDA STORY
"My only advice for others that find themselves struggling so terribly – is to know that the you can get help. Perinatal anxiety (PNA) can be managed and there are amazing people and organisations (like Gidget Foundation Australia) that are there to help – you don’t have to go through this alone. As mothers (and fathers), we have the power to change and impact someone else’s experience of motherhood and parenthood just by talking. That can be life-changing.”
Chelsea is a both a Gidget Angel and Gidget Ambassador, who has a lived-experience with perinatal depression and anxiety. Chelsea proudly represents the Gidget Foundation and shares her personal story to help others. In addition, via her business, EQ Consulting, she helps design a mindful life teams within organisations, making them healthier, happier and more productive.
“I hid behind a veneer of always being perfectly groomed and telling friends
I was ok. Though I wasn’t. Unfortunately, some of us have to experience crushing hardship to grow. The good news is you don’t have to. With incredible organisations like Gidget Foundation Australia supporting and teaching coping tools to parents, it’s a lot easier not to slide into the depths of PND.”
Simone is a Founding Gidget Committee Member and Board member, she is also Gidget’s sister. Following their loss, Gidget’s sisters and friends launched the Gidget Foundation to ensure that what happened to Gidget wouldn’t happen to others, and that anyone suffering from perinatal depression and anxiety could seek support from the Foundation to assist in their recovery.
“We’ve had an extraordinary journey watching the Gidget Foundation grow. Our incredible supporter base, friends and family have helped us realise our mission through their generosity and commitment to our cause.”