Supporting young parents: addressing perinatal and youth mental health needs

Parenthood can be both a rewarding and challenging experience for new and expecting parents. We know that during this time of transition, experiences of mental ill-health are common.

Young parents disproportionately experience mental ill-health or mental ill-health risk factors.

In partnership with PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia, Orygen worked with young parents, youth mental health and perinatal mental health stakeholders to develop solutions that best support young parents.

Key solutions involve the development of a national perinatal mental health strategy; ensuring that guidelines, services and resources meet the needs of young parents; and developing supports to help young parents reach their education or employment goals.

Launch event

On 10 November, 2021 Orygen and PANDA held an online event to launch Supporting young parents: addressing perinatal and youth mental health needs. Watch the event below.


  • Julie Borninkhof, CEO, PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia
  • Nicholas Fava, Policy Analyst, Orygen
  • Kristal and Kate, Community Champions, PANDA


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