What I went through was awful. I used to feel weak, guilty, lonely, and hopeless. But, with the support and guidance from Karitane - as well as my family and friends - I am back to my happy self again. In fact, I am now stronger and more confident in myself than ever before – I feel like I’m a better person.
And to be honest, the more I open up about my story, the more I hear from other mums and dads with similar stories. Postnatal depression is far more common than we think, and it’s OK, because it’s damn hard being a parent sometimes and it’s OK to ask for help. Speak to someone – a GP, a professional, even a friend. You are not alone.
Karitane supports new parents with challenges such as sleep and settling, establishing routines, feeding and nutrition, toddler behaviour and pre and postnatal anxiety and depression. Karitane is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity supported by the NSW Ministry of Health.
As a result of COVID-19, Karitane transitioned 100 percent of its services into digital platforms, so as to continue to support families during these challenging times. As COVID-19 puts increased pressure on the health system Karitane do not require a referral from a GP or health professional, access is easier than ever as parents can self-refer online. For more information, visit their website.
Karitane is just one of a number of sleep schools across Australia that are fully or partly covered by medicare. If you need help, check what options are available in your state. Your GP or local community health centre is always a good first port of call.
Reprinted from Kidspot, June 18, 2020 | As told to Jenna Martin
Read Kelly’s full story here; https://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/parenthood/mums/i-thought-i-needed-help-for-my-daughter-but-i-was-the-one-struggling/news-story/e83ead9e87500f59b6cc1f886db37911