This new service has been endorsed by the Minister for Mental Health. Women and Regional Youth, the Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC.
The Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC, said “there can be no doubt that babies are a blessing, but when a baby arrives it can also be one of the most challenging times in a mothers of fathers life.
“Sometimes we can forget that it can be a stressful, lonely and overwhelming time caring for a newborn. I acknowledge the wonderful staff from the Gidget Houses; they are passionate about helping families in their hour of need and I’m proud to be part of a government that supports Gidget Foundation Australia,” she said.
Michelle Abbey, General Manager of Retail at Stockland, said “we’re pleased to partner with Gidget Foundation Australia and Karitane to provide specialised support services to our customers and the broader community in such an important time of need.”
Gidget Foundation Australia CEO, Arabella Gibson, said, “speaking about mental health issues remains really difficult among those living in regional and rural communities and hopefully Gidget House Shellharbour can help to break the stigma, particularly with our perinatal psychologists who have local understanding. This free service, will help local families who would otherwise struggle to pay for specialist counselling.”
As featured in the Illawarra Mercury - Karitane Gidget House, a free service for struggling new parents opens in Shellharbour