We are here, whatever the weather, to offer hope, empathy and support for every parent or network affected by perinatal mental illness.

PANDAS is a community offering peer-to-peer support for you, your family and your network.

How we can support you

How you can help us

If you need urgent help…

If you need urgent help or are worried about a loved one, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or the emergency services on 999.

What a wonderful well being check in from the gorg What a wonderful well being check in from the gorge @stacieswift ❤️❤️🙌🙌 Please do take a moment to read & see how you can action ❤️ 

[ID - The image is titled “Well being check list” & there are 6 drawings of differently coloured bright flowers with a piece of text under each, & they read ‘How are you REALLY feeling?’ ‘What can you let go of today?’ ‘How can you show yourself kindness?’ ‘How can you take care of your body today?’ ‘What are you feeling grateful for?’ ‘What do you need more of?’]

#selfcare #mhcheckin #selflove #selfkindness #youareworthy #pmh #parenting #fourthtrimester
We would like to thank every business that collabo We would like to thank every business that collaborates with us here at PANDAS. Each one donates from sales of their products or services to help keep our support services going. ❤️ 

We couldn't do what we do without you! 🙌 ❤️ 😍

Please do check out their pages below 🙏 You can also see each of their pages on our website, along with links to their pages:

www.pandasfoundation.org.uk/how-you-can-help-us/partner-products/

Thank you!

@myexpertmidwife
@sevenseventeenuk
@cheekychompers
@ergobabyuk
@lilyandribbonmaternity
@threebearsemporium
@pourlamamanuk
@bowersbitsandbobs 
@tinybubblesstore
@supermummas
@oh.mumma
@nextnotch
@nevillargylejewellery 
@bambinoandi
@Covermebabyuk 
@themammacoach
@flourishingmamas
@ergobabyuk
@thefriendshipgiftco
@CourtneysCornerCrafts
We know that many Dads experience perinatal mental We know that many Dads experience perinatal mental health issues, and we want each and every one of them to know that we are here to offer hope, empathy, advice and support. 

Today is International Father's Mental Health Day...a day to raise awareness around these issues, which is so needed. We want Dads to know that we are here every day to support them. Please don't underestimate the power of talking things through, being heard and understood and having someone there to listen. Often it's easier to talk to a stranger, and our trained volunteers are there to offer support and advice 📞

The phone line is open between 11am - 10pm. Please don’t hesitate to call 

☎️ 0808 1961 776 ☎️

Sometimes calling a helpline can feel daunting or maybe tricky, so can also offer an email support service for Dads (and all parents). Simply write to us and feel free to write all your thoughts and feelings to info@pandasfoundation.org.uk - someone will get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. 

We also have a closed peer to peer support group exclusively for Dads on Facebook. Just search for "PANDAS Dads closed group" on there and it should pop up. 

Sending you all love, today and every day. We'd be so grateful if you could like and share this post so Dads know we are here - thank you ❤️ 🙏

[ID - there is a picture in the background of a Father and daughter. There is a text quote in the foreground that reads "There's been times when I've felt so lonely being a Dad" by someone called Paul] 

#DadsMHDay #Dadlife #Dadsmatter #dadsmentalhealth #daddylife #areyouokdad #Fatherhood #poppa
🥇 MAY FUNDRAISER OF THE MONTH🥇 Our May fund 🥇 MAY FUNDRAISER OF THE MONTH🥇

Our May fundraiser of the month is the incredible Amy! Amy took on an INCREDIBLE challenge of carrying out different fundraisers throughout the month. Amy has detailed the amazing details of her fantastically productive month!

"Raffles - Done in 100 squares and drawn each month on Facebook! My little boy normally does the draw which people seem to like 🙂
 
Half hour massage -£2 per square
Easter hamper - £3 per square
Mummy hamper, massage, afternoon tea etc £3 per square
Finale massage - £5 a square, 5 prizes 
Rudding park spa
Photo shoot
John Lewis voucher
Garden centre voucher
Beauty hamper 
 
I then did an afternoon tea and charged £10 per ticket and did afternoon tea and drinks!
 
We played bingo
Had a tombola 
Guessed the sweets in the jar!
 
I am a massage therapist and donate my treatments, I buy some things and ask for donations"

❤️ THANK YOU AMY❤️ You are an absolute star ⭐ and we cant thank you enough.

Each month going forward we will be showcasing a fundraiser of the month, who raises the most within the month. They will receive a beautiful virtual hug from our friends @Bowers Bits & Bobs!

If you would be interesting in taking part in a fundraiser like Amy, what ever that maybe, please contact claire.jones@pandasfoundation.org.uk. Thank you. 🙏
'#fundraiser #pmh #support #thankyou
Parenting can be tough, and sometimes we all need Parenting can be tough, and sometimes we all need a little bit of support 💌

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Wooden blocks with letters on reads "SUPPORT" 

Here at PANDAS we want you to know that our helpline is available FOR YOU. On those days you feel like you're not coping and everything is a massive struggle, we are there. 

Don't underestimate the power of talking things through, being heard and understood and having someone there to listen. Often it's easier to talk to a stranger, and our trained volunteers are there to offer support and advice 📞

We exist for all parents and carers, and if you are worried about someone in that position we can offer help and support too. 

The phone line is open between 11am - 10pm. Please don’t hesitate to call 

☎️ 0808 1961 776 ☎️

Lots of love ❤️

#parenting #support #mentalhealthsupport
We’d like to say a big #happyfathersday to all t We’d like to say a big #happyfathersday to all the dads out there, especially those who’ve been through tough times of late. It’s been hard out there & we send you all our love & support ❤️🙌🙌 We love this graphic from @sproutperks 

[ID - text reads “To all the fathers who have….missed appointments, missed scans, missed births, not been able to stay in hospital, missed their own father, longed to be a father, lost a baby, homeschooled, managed working from home, found it tough.]

Please don’t forget Dads that we support you & are here for you. 

Our helpline is manned by our lovely trained volunteers who are ready to offer help & support.

The phone line is open between 11am - 10pm. Please don’t hesitate to call 

☎️ 0808 1961 776 ☎️

We know sometimes a helpline can feel daunting to call too...if that’s the case you can contact us via email & we will I get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Just email 
info@pandasfoundation.org.uk & write all your thoughts & feelings.

We also have a peer to peer support group on FB just for Dads - search “PANDAS Dads closed group” to find it ❤️❤️🙌🙌🙌

#dads #fathersday #daddylife #dadsmatter #dadsmattertoo #fatherhood #howareyoudad #dadsmh #dadsmhmatters
🎢🏃‍♀️ ALTON TOWERS 5K, 10k and HALF MA 🎢🏃‍♀️ ALTON TOWERS 5K, 10k and HALF MARATHON 🏃‍♀️🎢

The UK’s biggest Theme Park, Alton Towers, is hosting a running event on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November 2021 for the brand new 5k, 10k & Half Marathon event around the park.

Starting and finishing within Alton Towers Theme Park this is an event for the entire family. Open to all abilities, you can take on a chip timed 5k, 10k or Half Marathon to earn yourself a unique themed medal before enjoying the incredible rides at the park. 🥇

*FREE ride access after the race is included in your entry!

If you take part in this amazing event, you can run in aid of PANDAS Foundation and run in one of our amazing running shirts showing your support! Any amount raised, however small, would be truly appreciated. 🙏❤️

More information, and how to sign up, can be found on their website:

http://www.runaltontowers.com

For a fundraising pack please contact claire.jones@pandasfoundation.org.uk. Thank you. ❤️

#altontowers #run #fundraising #pmh #5k #10k #halfmarathon
📢 We need you! 📢 [Image Description - an im 📢 We need you! 📢

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The PANDAS Foundation is a community offering hope, empathy and support for every parent or network affected by perinatal mental illness.🤗❤️

In the last year calls to the charity helpline have gone up 240%. It is evident that our valuable services are needed more than ever.🙏

We wish to extend the level of support it can provide across the UK.  It is clear that there are some areas that need provision and we are appealing for the set up of new face to face and in person groups.🗺️📍👥

If you have an interest in setting up a new support group for your area, or for further information please contact:

natalie.stevenson@pandasfoundation.org.uk

And thank you!🤗
❤️ THANK YOU RACHAEL❤️ We want to give a ❤️ THANK YOU RACHAEL❤️

We want to give a big thank you to the amazing Rachael, who is running 5k every day for 2 months! ❤️ 🙏 🙌 She is raising funds for PANDAS Foundation to raise awareness of perinatal mental illness due to her own experience. 

"My son is now 8 months old and I feel like I have wanted him forever! What I didn’t expect was to feel the way I did when he arrived. I thought it would be complete joy and love as people describe, and it was. However, it was also met with complete anxiety and fear, which later developed into depression. I think Covid played a massive part in my feelings, but I was definitely suffering from post-natal depression. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, I didn’t want to get dressed. I felt alone. I also felt like there is a stigma about talking about post-natal depression..like it’s something to be ashamed of. More people should be aware of it and feel like it’s ok to talk about it. This is why I am choosing this challenge, to raise awareness for other parents feeling the same way."

Please do read Rachael's story on her link below to find out why she is taking on this incredible event, and if you would like to donate, any amount given would be truly appreciated.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RachaelEvans15

Thank you so much Rachael! 🙌

#pmh #5k #running