Hi everyone, my name is Lisa and I am a Volunteer Coordinator at PANDA. I have the privilege of training and mentoring our amazing peer support volunteers on our National Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Helpline. Each of our 17 volunteers brings their own unique, lived experience, of struggling in some way during the huge transition to becoming a parent. They help the caller to feel understood and accepted because they themselves have been through something similar. We aim to provide a safe space for tonight’s topic “Let’s get real” in the hope that this will generate some useful discussion and provide contributors with the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and possibly even take away some new ideas, tips and strategies for new parenthood.
I’ve chosen this PANDA graphic to add to my introduction as it resonates most with me and is probably the thing I have said most to our callers.
I’d now like to introduce Sarzie and Julia2019 who will tell you a little bit about their own journeys to becoming a parent and will be here to contribute to tonight’s discussion.
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