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

Call our FREE helpline

We have a team of trained and dedicated volunteers, many of whom are studying and/or working within healthcare, midwifery or health services. Please call our free helpline for support and advice with empathy. Our lines are open 7 days a week, 11am until 10pm.

I’d like to speak to someone

Email support

If you’re at work or home and don’t have the privacy to speak to us, please contact our email support service. Our trained and empathetic volunteers are awaiting your email and will reply within 72 hours.

I’d like to email

Support groups

Face-to-face support can offer a breath of fresh air if you’re a parent struggling with mental illness. We know how daunting baby groups can be, so we’ve designed ‘group support’ for parents to attend, specifically tailored around your mental health.

I’d like to find a group

Social media and Facebook groups

When coping with mental health and perinatal illness, we encourage parents to follow supportive social media channels. We only source, create and share positive, motivational and well researched content aimed at supporting your mental health.

I’d like to find out more

Information

We can help with self-care, speaking to your GP and can point you towards other organisations in our network that will also be able to help you. 

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Latest News

See the latest news from Pandas Foundation including our own press releases and case studies. We also regularly appear in the press and media, including international print and broadcast coverage which are all posted here.

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What is PND?

Postnatal depression (PND) is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby. It can affect any parent, regardless of whether they’ve suffered from a mental health condition before. Postnatal depression is linked directly to giving birth and is a common problem, affecting 1 in 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect dads and partners.

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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.

A reminder here from @_happyasamother - you are a A reminder here from @_happyasamother - you are a human being. 

It’s absolutely ok & NORMAL to have many of these feelings. What society often heralds as “the perfect parent” only exists in sickly saccharine esq books & movies & “perfect” Instagram feeds that are heavily filtered. It is not based on reality. Give yourself a break ❤️😘 

#parenting #mumlife #dadlife #mentalhealthcheckin #youarehuman #bekindtoyourself
Anyone else feeling the same?! RELENTLESS 🙈 Tha Anyone else feeling the same?! RELENTLESS 🙈 Thanks @mixedfeelzmixcds 

#groundhogday #lockdownlife #parenting #parentinginapandemic #mumlife #dadlife
These statistics speak for themselves. Parents are These statistics speak for themselves. Parents are struggling. Parents are breaking. Thanks to the amazing work of my colleagues and our wonderful volunteers we can handle this.....please do not be put off contacting our services because of these statistics. We are making them public to show what a huge affect the current situation is having. 

The news that schools are unlikely to fully open again until Easter time at least, is having a devastating effect. Parents are struggling to homeschool and keep their jobs. Working and homeschooling is exhausting and often impossible. Parents are constantly feeling like they're failing. So many people are losing their jobs and having their requests for furlough refused (and the vast majority mothers - 47% of mums have quit compared to 13% of dads). It's heartbreaking, and putting so many families in an impossible position. This is undeniably a mental health issue. 💔

As a charity, PANDAS fully supports the work of @mother_pukka in her campaign. Please head over to her profile, read the caption on her last post, and comment if you feel able.

Please remember we are there for you, still. Our free (in UK) 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 also have wonderful, warm, friendly volunteers ready & waiting to talk to you. We know sometimes a helpline can feel daunting to call too...if that’s the case you can contact us via email & we will get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Just email info@pandasfoundation.org.uk & write all your thoughts & feelings.

Lots of love ❤️

#parentinginapandemic #homeschooling #flexappeal
I don’t know about you but listening to the news I don’t know about you but listening to the news just now this is how I feel at the mo. Thank you @jo__love__ for illustration so well! 

It’s tough out there at the mo. Dealing with the uncertainty of when all this will end is HARD. We hope you are ok & managing to take it one day at a time. Sending you all so much love & support. 

Remember, if you are struggling we are here for you.

Our free (in uk) 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 also have wonderful, warm, friendly volunteers ready & waiting to talk to you. We know sometimes a helpline can feel daunting to call too...if that’s the case you can contact us via email & we will get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Just email 
info@pandasfoundation.org.uk & write all your thoughts & feelings.

Lots of love ❤️ 

#parentinginapandemic #parenting #lockdownlife #mumlife #dadlife #pmh #mentalhealthcheckin #overwhelm
We totally understand that with so much stress & u We totally understand that with so much stress & uncertainty in the air right now, parents may well be feeling overwhelmed & unable to cope. We are still (& continue to be) available every day.

We exist for YOU. If you are a parent (mum or dad), or carer experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress, feeling overwhelmed, unable to cope or a mixture of those things please do get in touch with us. You do not need to reach rock bottom to reach out to us. You can call for yourself or on behalf of someone. We offer support to mums & dads & their loved ones.

You can reach us via our free helpline, our email supports or our closed Facebook groups (we have one for mums & one for dads). Details of all of these can be found on our website (link in bio)

Our helpline (as are all our support services) 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 ☎️

Lots of love 😘❤️ 

#mentalhealthcheckin #parenting #overwhelm #anxiety #postpartum #dadlife #mumlife #lockdownlife #newbaby #pnd
Relatable @rosiemadeathing Anyone else?! 😴❤ Relatable @rosiemadeathing 

Anyone else?! 😴❤️😆

#tired #parenting #parentinginapandemic #mumlife #dadlife
I’ve shared quite a lot recently about anger/rag I’ve shared quite a lot recently about anger/rage & sleep deprivation & it’s SO CLEAR how many of us are suffering with it at the moment. I’m sharing another graphic from @psychedmommy on this because she’s once again hit the nail on the head - so check out her post & caption on this - she has some amazing resources.

Sleep deprivation is horrible. It means we are so much more sensitive & easily triggered. It leads to low mood & resentment. We feel foggy & unable to focus. I personally remember actually hallucinating sounds & seeing the pavement moving when my little girl was an awful sleeper. I became a very angry & resentful person. The relentlessness of it all was so much to cope with. I REALLY feel for anyone going through this right now ❤️ 

If you are finding it hard to cope, we are here for you. I know we can’t give you sleep but we can give you a space to be understood.

Our free (in uk) 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 also have wonderful, warm, friendly volunteers ready & waiting to talk to you. We know sometimes a helpline can feel daunting to call too...if that’s the case you can contact us via email & we will get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Just email 
info@pandasfoundation.org.uk & write all your thoughts & feelings.

Lots of love, Sally x 

#sleepdeprived #parenting #exhaustion #pnd #anger #overwhelm
❤️ Volunteers are at the core of what we do ❤️

Without them, we would not be able to offer the range of services and support that we do. As you can imagine, we are very busy at the moment, and your input would be so hugely appreciated and valued 🙏 

We currently need more volunteers to help us with supporting parents on our email support programme, and in our closed peer to peer facebook group. 

We require our volunteers to work a minimum of 12 weeks’ commitment around days and hours that work for you. We’ll provide you with training and safeguarding, to ensure you have all the information you require.

Working for PANDAS is an extremely rewarding and positive experience. We reward your commitment and hard work with great support, a fantastic online training programme and flexible working conditions. It’s through our staff and volunteers that we can put our strategic objectives into action and end the stigma surrounding perinatal mental illness. 

If you are interested in helping support us at this incredibly important time, please do email lauren.tonner@pandasfoundation.org.uk - Thank you so much ❤️🙏

#volunteering #supportingparents #parentinginapandemic #volunteeropportunity #mentalhealth #pmh #mentalhealthsupport #parentinginapandemic
This is soooo true! It’s so tough out there at t This is soooo true! It’s so tough out there at the moment. And you are a human being & not a magician. Struggling does not mean failing. 

Thank you @tobehonestnl ❤️❤️ 

If you are a parent (mum or dad) or carer & you are struggling, please remember we are there for you. 

Our free (in uk) 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 also have wonderful, warm, friendly volunteers ready & waiting to talk to you. We know sometimes a helpline can feel daunting to call too...if that’s the case you can contact us via email & we will get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Just email 
info@pandasfoundation.org.uk & write all your thoughts & feelings.

#mentalhealthcheckin #parenting #dadlife #mumlife #parentinginapandemic #pmh #postnatal #perinatalmentalhealth #newbaby #fourthtrimester #pnd #overwhelm #anxiety
Great Run have announced a February fundraising ch Great Run have announced a February fundraising challenge that will get your heart racing!

The Valentine’s themed challenge is to complete 14 runs of any distance in February – your reward is a special medal, the best Valentine’s gift a runner could ask for (see pic)! 

To spice things up, the challenge includes an optional distance element. Depending how far you run over your 13 (or more) runs, you will be awarded with a bespoke digital finishers certificate to download and share:

-Running head over heels – 35 Miles
-It’s a Love Hate Thing – 70 miles
-Love bitten by the running bug – 125 miles

The challenge starts on 1 February and finishes on 28 February, making it the perfect run buddy to keep you moving through February. You can be on #TeamPandasFoundation and help us raise some vital donations! Anything you can raise, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated.

The challenge is now open for entry and closes on Monday 8 February. Please contact claire.jones@pandasfoundation.org.uk for more information. 

#newchallenge #lockdownchallenge #valentineschallenge #runningchallenge
📻 We are really delighted that our wonderful He 📻 We are really delighted that our wonderful Head of Charity, Annie Belasco @anniebelasco, will be talking on @Black Country Radio (102.5 FM) this evening, at 8.15pm 🎙️ 

Annie will be talking about PND and other perinatal mental health issues, what PANDAS is up to as a charity, how the lockdown is effecting parents, and how we can all help ❤️

Do tune in 📻 🎙️❤️

#blackcountry #pnd #parenting #mentalhealthcheckin #parentinginapandemic #PMH #postnatal #fourthtrimester #lockdownbabies
Just a reminder for all those riding that rollerco Just a reminder for all those riding that rollercoaster at the mo (probably all of us, right?!)...the journey is never a steady trajectory on the up. There’ll be ups & there’ll be downs. There’ll be 5 paces forward & 7 back. And that’s ok. 

Thank you @oliviaherrickdesign for this image ❤️

For any parents & carers struggling right now, please know we are there for you 

Our free (in uk) 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 also have wonderful, warm, friendly volunteers ready & waiting to talk to you. We know sometimes a helpline can feel daunting to call too...if that’s the case you can contact us via email & we will get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Just email 
info@pandasfoundation.org.uk & write all your thoughts & feelings.

#rollercoaster #mentalhealthcheckin #pnd #parenting #parentinginapandemic