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Gidget Foundation Australia

Gidget Foundation Australia

Gidget Foundation Australia is a not for profit organisation that provides programs nationally to support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents. Gidget was the nickname of a vibrant young mother who tragically took her own life while suffering postnatal depression.

Gidget Foundation Australia evokes Gidget’s warmth and lively spirit. Established by Gidget’s friends and sisters in 2001, the Foundation has grown significantly and is now supported by passionate individuals, community leaders and health professionals.

Nearly 1 in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers will experience perinatal depression and anxiety that is often hidden and not fully understood. It impacts around 100,000 Australians each year, and suicide is the leading cause of maternal death. Nearly 50% of all parents experience adjustment disorders.

Programs include:

• Gidget Emotional Wellbeing Screening Program
Pre-admission midwife support for pregnant women at selected hospitals.

• Gidget House
10 free psychological sessions for expectant and new parents in person at locations including North Sydney, Merrylands, Randwick, Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga, The Mater and North Shore Private Hospital.

• Gidget Start Talking Program
10 free clinical psychological sessions for expectant and new parents via Video Call. Available nationally.

• Gidget Village
A group therapy program which focuses on the challeng-es associated with new parenthood and allows partici-pants an opportunity to share their experiences with other expectant and new parents.

• Gidget Virtual Village
A private, moderated Facebook group for expectant and new parents to connect with each other and the Founda-tion in a safe and non-judgemental space.

• Gidget Emotional Wellbeing Workplace Program
Tailored programs for employees and management to promote engagement and develop strategies for mentally healthy workplaces.

• Education, Research & Online
Tools for the community and health professionals.



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