Perinatal anxiety and depression affects 1 in 5 new mothers, and 1 in 10 fathers from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Suicide is the leading cause of maternal death in Australia. Early intervention is critical to give expecting and new parents (and their families) skills to cope, survive and thrive, avoiding escalating problems down the track.
Gidget House was initially a pilot program in response to an unmet need to perinatal care on the North Shore. Since launching in 2014, the Foundation has identified an urgent need for the service to be replicated.
With Stocklands support, the new Gidget House, Merrylands will open in 2018 to meet the gap in perinatal mental health care in Western Sydney.
Creating a safe haven for families of Western Sydney, the Gidget House program is accessible with a referral and mental health care plan from a GP. Initial services are free, covered by Medicare bulk billing. This grant will allow the Foundation to offer further support for Western Sydney families, with up to 10 clinical psychology sessions for expecting and new parents suffering perinatal anxiety and depression.
A Gift of just…
- $125 cares for a distressed parent with one face-to-face clinical psychology at Gidget House, Merrylands
$500 gives a distressed parent four face-to-face clinical psychology sessions at Gidget House, Merrylands
$1,250 funds a family’s complete care with the Gidget Foundation, Merrylands
Project Funding Goal = $11,000