1. Briony's story
    I couldn’t contain my sadness. I was so embarrassed by not feeling that I could cope… I couldn’t control all of what I thought was expected of me as a mother.
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  2. Annaliese's story
    Sometimes I’m faced with discrimination and that just sends me straight back inside and sends me deeper into the depression I was already in.
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  3. Maggie's story
    It makes it more difficult to look after your depression when you have diabetes. It makes you think ‘I can’t be bothered to look after myself’.
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  4. Jane's story
    I looked at my daughter and the guilt really kicked in… She’s such a beautiful little baby, I couldn’t ask for a healthier little baby and yet why am I feeling like this?
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Good mental health is essential to the overall health of both men and women, but women experience some mental health conditions (including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress) at higher rates than men. 

In fact, 1 in 5 women in Australia will experience depression and 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety during their lifetime.

Depression and anxiety conditions can happen at any time, but we know women are more likely to experience these conditions during pregnancy and the year following the birth of a baby.

Depression affects up to 1 in 10 women while they are pregnant and almost 1 in 7 women during the first year after the birth. Anxiety conditions are likely to be at least as common as depression during pregnancy and the year following, and many women experience both conditions at the same time.

Understanding the risks and recognising the signs and symptoms of depressionanxiety and suicide can help you to recognise them in yourself and others. The important thing to remember is that effective treatments are available and, with the right care, most people recover.


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