Barriers to reaching out for help

Barriers to reaching out for help

If you are enduring the silent struggles of perinatal depression and anxiety during pregnancy and early parenthood journey, the barriers to accessing support can seem overwhelming.

pmhweek.org.au is here to break down these barriers to seeking support. We’re here, uncover your village.

Common barriers and how to break them down:

Expectations: The weight of societal or cultural expectations around parenthood. Know that perfect-parenting is not real, and your experience is valid.

Stigma: Break the stigma of mental ill-health for new and expectant parents by sharing real experiences of parenting with friends and family, and on social media.

Wait times: Wait times for services can vary, so reach out as soon as you notice a change in behaviour. There are also great online support services to help get you through in the meantime.

Access to Support: Everyone deserves to know where to go for the help they need. Sharing resources and information can be a lifeline for someone in need. PMHWeek.org.au

Financial Hurdles: Nobody should have to choose between their mental health and their wallet. Affordable and accessible services are available.

Time Limitations: Parenthood is demanding, but self-care is crucial. To take care of our babies we must first take care of ourselves. Digital and telehealth support can help remove this barrier.

Geographical Distance: Parents living in rural and remote areas have access to support services available too.

Breaking down the barriers

How online treatment programs can help remove barriers to help seeking for perinatal depression and anxiety

Regardless of where people live, timely and accessible mental health care is vital if we are to improve mental health and reduce suicide rates for people in the bush. There is an urgent need for early intervention to reduce the immediate and long-term impact on not only women but on their partners, children, and families. Online treatment programs, such as MumMoodBooster, Mum2BMoodBooster, and DadBooster, can help remove barriers to seeking help for perinatal depression and anxiety in a number of ways.

  • Convenience: Online programs can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, making them convenient for parents with busy schedules or who live in rural or remote areas.
  • Affordability: These online programs are free, making them accessible to all Australians.
  • Anonymity: Online programs can provide parents with the opportunity to seek help anonymously, which can be helpful for those who are concerned about stigma.
  • Flexibility: Online programs can be completed at the user’s own pace and on their own schedule.

Here are some specific examples of how online treatment programs can help to break down the barriers to help seeking:

  • Expectations: Online programs can help parents to challenge unrealistic expectations about parenthood and to develop more realistic and compassionate expectations for themselves.
  • Stigma: Online programs can help to reduce stigma by providing a safe and supportive space for parents to share their experiences and to learn from others.
  • Wait times: Online programs can provide immediate access to support, even when wait times for traditional face-to-face therapy are long.
  • Access to support: Online programs can provide access to support for parents who live in rural or remote areas or who have difficulty accessing traditional mental health services.
  • Financial hurdles: Online programs are often free or low-cost, making them more affordable for parents who are struggling financially.
  • Time limitations: Online programs can be completed at the user’s own pace and on their own schedule, making them convenient for parents with busy schedules.

Overall, online treatment programs can be a valuable tool for removing barriers to help seeking for perinatal depression and anxiety.

Let’s unite to break these barriers, support one another, and create a world where perinatal depression and anxiety are met with understanding and compassion. Together, we can provide the support needed to nurture both parent and child.

We’re here, uncover your village.

Visit pmhweek.org.au to find support for expectant and new parents in need.