Anxious mums urged to speak up

Jessica Rowe features in the new campaign.
Jessica Rowe features in the new campaign. 

Beyondblue the national depression initiative has launched a new depression and anxiety awareness campaign aimed at pregnant women, new mothers, their partners and families.

The 'Just Speak Up' campaign is the culmination of years of  research and evidence-gathering by the organisation on the prevalence and risk factors associated with pre- and postnatal depression and anxiety – and the impact of not seeking help.

Launched during Postnatal depression awareness week (Nov 14-20), the campaign features videos of real mothers, including TV personality Jessica Rowe, talking candidly about their experiences of pre- and postnatal depression and anxiety. There is also a new website www.JustSpeakUp.com.au where their personal stories can be watched and people can upload their own stories.

Beyondblue statistics show that postnatal depression affects one in seven new mothers while one in 10 pregnant women experiences antenatal depression. Anxiety is likely to be even more common.

Visit www.JustSpeakUp.com.au to get involved in the campaign or to seek help.