FREE perinatal psychological counselling via video call will be available for parents in the NSW Murray electorate who are affected by perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA).
PNDA is a condition commonly experienced by women during pregnancy and the year following the birth of a baby. New fathers are also vulnerable to PNDA.
The NSW Government funding will help facilitate up to seven one-hour video call sessions per client with a trained psychologist, as part of the client’s GP-referred mental health plan.
State Member for Murray Austin Evans said it could be difficult to access mental health support services when living in remote and regional areas and the NSW Government was committed to changing that.
“Families in remote areas don’t always have the same access to mental health services as those in the cities, and that is why it is so important to assist parents living in regional areas like Murray who may be in need of psychological support,” Mr Evans said.
“I am so proud that mental health services are being improved in this region and the NSW Government is backing this fantastic initiative.”
For more information please visit gidgetfoundation.org.au or call 1300 851 758.
If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline 13 11 14 or MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78.
For mental health services visit your GP or phone the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.