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 test2
    junk7 NSW
    testing new site. Read more on test2
    01 August 2017
  2. Read more on Pregnancy can happen - be careful, get help and look after yourself!
    CJs_mum WA
    I fell head over heels in love for the first time with someone. One thing led to the other and... Read more on Pregnancy can happen - be careful, get help and look after yourself!
    08 January 2017
  3. Read more on It's a long road when you don't ask for help
    Sarah QLD
    You'll be a natural....you've worked with kids your whole life......you've got this.....NOT! When... Read more on It's a long road when you don't ask for help
    18 November 2016
  4. Read more on A story from Kirsten
    Kirsten NSW
    When my son was born 10 years ago I was excessively worried about looking after him, both during... Read more on A story from Kirsten
    08 November 2016
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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