Monday 08 October 2012, 11:42AM
Media release from Mother's Helpers
An all too often undiagnosed condition with far-reaching
consequences, Post- Natal Depression, is gripping many New Zealand
women - and they are afraid to ask for help.
Post-Natal Depression Awareness Week will be launched into the
limelight with its inaugural fundraising event on November 8.
Green ribbons will adorn hearts and lapels at Mother's Helpers
charity fundraising event at 7.30pm at Orakei Bay, Auckland. This
is the week before the official Post-Natal Depression Awareness
Week, 17-25 November.
Companies, related agencies and individuals are invited to join
celebrity guests, volunteers and 25 deserving mums who suffer
Post-Natal Depression for an entertaining, informative evening.
Tickets are $25 a head.
Included in the entertainment are guest speakers and mentors,
including motivational comedian Terry Williams and celebrity
Margarita Politis, who has experienced this debilitating condition
first hand. The audience will be seeing green, as they are
encouraged to purchase boxes of green ribbons to fundraise in their
communities. This will raise the much-needed funds and awareness
for this all too common, yet serious condition effecting mothers
from all backgrounds.
CEO of Mother's Helpers, Kristina Paterson, says the motto
'Breaking the Silence' was chosen because mothers often suffered in
silence with postnatal depression. "It is more than just the stigma
of depression - they also don't want to be seen as a bad
"There is a pressure from the 'mothers community' that you need to
be seen to have everything going well and everything under control
in order to be a good mother. So very often, mothers don't feel
that they can share their struggles with other mothers. We want to
The Mother's Helpers Christian Charity's aim is to prevent
Post-Natal Depression in those at-risk, and promote wellness to
those suffering from Post-Natal depression, via holistic
Around 4000 New Zealand women each year are affected my mental
health issues during and after childbirth, and research shows that
this is when women are more likely to suffer, than any time in
At present there is little help for those with mild to moderate
symptoms and not a lot is widely known about the risks involved.
Many women go undiagnosed which leads to further complications in
their health and relationships.
Promoting awareness is one step in the right direction to reducing
the prevalence and effects of Post-Natal Depression. People are
also encouraged to sponsor a new mum they know who maybe struggling
with depression, by buying them a ticket to the event.
Venue for the Mother's Helpers Green Ribbon appeal event: Orakei
Bay, 231 Orakei Road, Orakei, Auckland. http://www.orakeibay.co.nz
To purchase tickets go to http://mothershelpers.co.nz/events or to
purchase green ribbons or make a donation go to:-
for more information.
Or contact Mother's Helpers on 0800 00 27 17
Did you know:
• A woman is more likely to suffer mental illness
following child birth than at any other time in her life. (Kendall
et al, 1987)
• The risk of developing a psychotic illness is
greatly increased in the first 30 days following child birth (Terp
& Mortensen, 1998)
• Deaths from psychiatric causes, including
suicide, are a leading cause of maternal mental death in the
perinatal period (www.pmmrc.health.govt.nz)
• In NZ 4000 women a year are affected by mental
health problems during pregnancy and post childbirth.
• 120 (3%) of those women per year will suffer
from serious post-natal depression or psychosis and will require
specialised in-patient hospital care (where they will separated
from their baby).
CEO of Mothers Helpers
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