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Perinatal depression and anxiety is costing Australia $877 million annually

1 in every 5 new mums experience perinatal depression and anxiety. Source: Getty Images

This week marks Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness Week. [[Nov 10-17]]Health experts and support groups are using the event to call for more awareness and education on the issue, which affects 100,000 Australian families each year.

"It wasn’t a joyous time," 35-year-old Craig Anderson says of the birth of his now two-year-old son.

Those feelings, he soon learned, were symptoms of perinatal depression - a mental illness associated with becoming a new parent that affects 100,000 Australian families each year.

While perinatal depression and anxiety - or PNDA - is more commonly experienced by women, affecting one in five, men are by no means immune. One in ten new fathers are impacted by the condition.

Data released this year, reveals that 50 per cent of fathers are not aware that they too can experience PNDA.

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