Free mental health support for new parents

Published: 13 Aug 2018

New and expectant parents in Western Sydney who are experiencing mental health issues will now have access to a free counselling service.

The new Gidget House in Merrylands will offer the service to parents, who are experiencing mental issues, such as anxiety or depression.

Gidget House will employ psychologists, including those fluent in a range of languages, to provide responsive services to the diverse community of Western Sydney.

The service is based at Stockland Shopping Centre Merrylands and people wanting to use the service will need a referral from their General Practitioner.

The Gidget Foundation Australia delivers programs to support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents from locations across metropolitan Sydney. It reaches rural and remote communities through the new Start Talking Telehealth Program.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the investment in the Gidget Foundation will mean more parents recover from mental illness and receive support in those very important early years.

“The NSW Government provided $10,000 this year to assist with the launch of the new service in Western Sydney, in addition to $270,000 provided to expand the work of the Gidget Foundation to rural and remote communities across the state,” Mr Hazzard said.

The government supports other services offered to new and expecting parents, including the Mums and Kids Matter program run by Wesley Mission.

Find out more about the Gidget Foundation Australia

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