Just Speak Up

Just Speak Up features personal stories about experiencing depression and anxiety around the time of becoming a parent. 

Have a read of our community members' stories of hope, recovery and resilience – then share your own, or jump on our online forums to join the conversation.

Adjusting to parenthood can take time, but if you're feeling sad, down or worried, it's time to speak up and get the support you need

Featured Stories

  1. Kylie Brown's story
    Kylie - blogger, QLD
    I can't stress enough how important it is to have a good GP, one you trust and who listens to you.
  2. Em Rusciano's story
    Em - writer, comedian, singer, VIC
    The assistance I got and the support that I got after the diagnosis helped me realise that what I was feeling was okay.
  3. Jessica Rowe's story
    Jessica - presenter, journalist, author, NSW
    The most important thing is to get help... then I could focus on getting to know my baby; which is what it’s all about.

Recent stories

  1. Read more on This is not how everyone told me it would be!
    Cassie VIC
    How to I begin to describe the feeling of wanting to run away from my entire life & start... Read more on This is not how everyone told me it would be!
    25 November 2015
  2. Read more on Paul and I have three beautiful children because we got help..
    Ilona VIC
    Unfortunately the stigma around perinatal depression and anxiety as well as depression has not... Read more on Paul and I have three beautiful children because we got help..
    16 November 2015
  3. Read more on Kylie Brown's story
    Kylie - blogger QLD
    I had always dreamt of being a mum. As a child, I would play mum with my dolls and anytime a baby... Read more on Kylie Brown's story
    09 October 2015
  4. Read more on My story about Postnatal Psychosis
    Jenny VIC
    Not long before my son was born they gave me drugs to help with the pain. 'It will be... Read more on My story about Postnatal Psychosis
    22 February 2015
  5. Read more on Single mum of 2 babies only 13months apart
    Ash QLD
    My name is Ashleigh, and I'm a single mum to 2 gorgeous babies. Maddison is 18months old and... Read more on Single mum of 2 babies only 13months apart
    20 December 2014
  6. Read more on Into the Light
    Baillie NSW
    How do you begin to describe the feeling of wanting to run away from your entire life? I created... Read more on Into the Light
    27 November 2014
  7. Read more on Tell someone.
    Katy TAS
    About 2 months ago I was feeling down and very teary all the time. I was not coping with my... Read more on Tell someone.
    18 November 2014
  8. Read more on Turning off the happy switch
    jeanette WA
    When I became pregnant with my first child, I felt like any new expectant mother. Excited and... Read more on Turning off the happy switch
    11 November 2014
  9. Read more on If You Know Something Is Wrong - Persist!!
    Dani QLD
    I'll be honest - that period of my life, almost eight years ago, is now a hazy blur.  A... Read more on If You Know Something Is Wrong - Persist!!
    09 September 2014
  10. Read more on Is this just a phase?
    What Next NSW
    HelloI've never written on a website before. My goal is to  understand whether it's... Read more on Is this just a phase?
    07 August 2014

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