Expectant and new parents with perinatal depression and anxiety are now able to access psychological counselling at a new Gidget House, which officially opened in Manly recently.
Located in the Royal Far West Building on South Steyne, Gidget House offers free help up to six days a week, and employs local psychologists to meet the needs of mums and dads who are mentally struggling.
Gidget House Manly – part of a foundation set up in memory of a “vibrant, vivacious” mum from Terrey Hills who took her life while suffering postnatal depression – is the 13th location in Australia.
Louise Blacker, affectionately known as ‘Gidget’, took her life aged 35, when her daughter was nine months old.
She had been diagnosed with mild postnatal depression.
Mosman locals and Gidget Ambassadors, Cooper Cronk and Tara Rushton, said the new centre will be a valuable service for Northern Beaches parents.
“Expanding the Gidget Foundation Australia footprint across the greater community is incredibly important,” Tara told Mosman Collective, “it’s the ability to reach more perinatal, expectant and new parents that may be struggling and often do so in silence.”
“Bringing the incredible staff and services of Gidget House to the community of the Northern Beaches allows even more families access to compassionate, holistic care in a safe space,” she said.