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The experience of perinatal depression and anxiety is even tougher during these uncertain global times.

While the community at large is isolating, Gidget Foundation Australia is staying more connected than ever. Being a new parent can be isolating at the best of times, during the current global health crisis, it is even more critical that we connect and support new parents.

Never has there been a more important time to be united in all that we do, to be kind to each other and to focus on taking care of ourselves and our families.

Gidget Foundation Australia’s Start Talking program provides free specialist perinatal telehealth psychological counselling services for expectant and new parents nationwide.

Services are provided by psychologists and social workers and are delivered via a video call service, similar to FaceTime or Skype.

Start Talking offers the same quality of care available through Gidget Foundation Australia’s face-to-face psychology services at Gidget House, affording quality treatment whilst COVID-19 containment measures are in place.

Support is also provided to people who have experienced a pregnancy or childbirth-related loss, such as stillbirth, miscarriage or termination, within the last 12 months.

Partners are also able to access our specialised services.

Our perinatal mental health specialists provide up to 10 psychological counselling sessions free of charge within a calendar year. To access Start Talking, you will need a referral from a GP, including a mental health care plan.

Download our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about the Start Talking program.

For more information, or to book an appointment, send our supportive staff an email on starttalking@gidgetfoundation.org.au or call us on 1300 851 758.

If it wasn't for the support I received from my ever so patient husband, and Gidget Foundation's Start Talking service, I honestly don't know where I'd be today.

Amy Harris

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