Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Depression a Birth Crisis; Beyondblue Report Shows . .

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Depression a Birth Crisis; Beyondblue Report Shows . .

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Byline: Megan Pope

HEALTH organisations are calling for more awareness surrounding perinatal depression and anxiety after it was revealed about $500million would be spent as a result of children born this year.

A new report was released by the Mental Health Minister Mark Butler earlier this week as part of Postnatal Depression Week.

Perinatal depression and anxiety is defined as any form of depression or anxiety experienced by a parent between the child's conception to its first birthday, and can affect both male and female parents.

The report, which was commissioned by beyondblue, found that more than $496million would be spent stemming from the births of children born in 2012 from the time they were born to two years.

The unexpected cost of perinatal depression stems from the loss of productivity to mothers, fathers, their children and the wider community as a result of depression if left untreated.

Beyondblue National Perinatal Depression Initiative adviser Dr Nicole Highet said recognising the long-lasting effects of these disorders would show people the true cost it could have on a community. …

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