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.

It's time to meet another of the lovely faces behi It's time to meet another of the lovely faces behind team PANDAS ❤️ 😊 Introducing the lovely Natalie....

What made you want to get involved with PANDAS?
I got involved initially as a service user at the Glasgow support group. I suffered from poor perinatal mental health after the birth of my wee boy. In my working life I was a community arts worker and many of the projects were attached to groups of caregivers that had gone through perinatal mental health services. The two worlds collided between the work I was doing, and my own lived experience. From the very first group session in Glasgow I attended, I just knew that Pandas was something that I wanted to play a bigger part in.

What's your role within PANDAS? 
Deputy group leader – Glasgow Pandas. Fundraising Assistant – Pandas UK

What's your favourite thing about volunteering within PANDAS?
With service users, we all very quickly develop a camaraderie as we all have had lived experience. We are all on the same page, and we all want the same thing. We get it!

Thanks so much lovely Nat for sharing this with us, and thanks so much for all your hard work for our charity. We appreciate you very much ❤️ 🙏 

#mentalhealthsupport #pnd #volunteering #meettheteam
I think we’re all feeling a bit like this right I think we’re all feeling a bit like this right now, aren’t we? Another timely drawing from @nowronglines 

We hope you are all coping ok at this weird time....has there been any time in the last year that hasn’t been a “funny time” or “unprecedented”?! Probably not 🙈 

We continue to be there for you & send you all so much love. Please don’t forget about our services. 

If you don’t feel like you are coping, please know we are here for you. 

We exist for you...for all parents...mums AND dads & all carers too. If you are worried about anyone in that position you can also contact us. You are NOT alone. 

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 get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Just email 
info@pandasfoundation.org.uk & write all your thoughts & feelings.

We also have two wonderful closed peer to peer support groups on Facebook. One for mums (search PANDAS FOUNDATION closed group: Perinatal Mental Illness Advice & Support ) & one for dads too (search PANDAS Dads closed group)

#parenting #parentinginapandemic #mumlife #dadlife #motherhood #fatherhood #pnd #pmh #fourthtrimester
Following our post a couple of days ago where the Following our post a couple of days ago where the lovely Anna shared her journey regarding anxiety, postnatal OCD & intrusive thoughts, I noticed in the comments that many had experienced similar things. Intrusive thoughts can be scary & often not talked about enough. Here are some examples by @justgirlproject of those kinds of thoughts which can lead to heightened anxiety & feelings of loss of control & overwhelm. I recommend taking a look at @_drboyd ‘s work who also talks about these kinds of thoughts & how to manage them. 

If you don’t feel like you are coping, please know we are here for you. 

We exist for you...for all parents...mums AND dads & all carers too. If you are worried about anyone in that position you can also contact us. You are NOT alone. 

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 get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Just email 
info@pandasfoundation.org.uk & write all your thoughts & feelings.

We also have two wonderful closed peer to peer support groups on Facebook. One for mums (search PANDAS FOUNDATION closed group: Perinatal Mental Illness Advice & Support ) & one for dads too (search PANDAS Dads closed group)

Sending you all SO MUCH LOVE ❤️❤️ #intrusivethoughts #intrusivethoughtsawareness #postnatalrecovery #anxiety #parenting
We are extremely excited to announce that we have We are extremely excited to announce that we have been successful in the virtual 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity Ballot! 
 
We have 25 places in the virtual event, taking place on Sunday 3 October 2021. You will join 50,000 runners and be a part of the biggest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world Runners will run the traditional Virgin Money London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall.

We would truly appreciate your support, and would love you to be part of Team Pandas Foundation, and help raise funds to keep our support services going. Our helpline and email support usage has increased dramatically since lockdown. And we need your support now, more than ever, to be there for those who need support 

Entry to the virtual event costs £28. Please contact claire.jones@pandasfoundation.org.uk for more information and how to register.

#running #londonmarathon #virtualmarathon #pmh #pnd #pna #support #fundraising
Love this from @maternalmentalhealthutah ❤️❤ Love this from @maternalmentalhealthutah ❤️❤️ So true....there are so many great ways to think about recovery & most are not reflected in mainstream media. This is fabulous ❤️👏👏 

#postpartumrecovery #fourthtrimester #newbaby #newmum #postlabourrecovery #recoveringfromchildbirth #mumlife #motherhood
We are so incredibly grateful to the lovely, Anna, We are so incredibly grateful to the lovely, Anna, who has been so brave in sharing her story with us. Anna discusses her journey with anxiety, intrusive thoughts and postnatal OCD. As Anna says 

"I had not heard of postnatal OCD prior to becoming unwell, despite having worked in mental health. I think that there should be greater awareness of this condition so that women who experience these terrifying symptoms realise that what they are experiencing is an illness and not a moral failure and so they are able to seek help as early as possible."

Anna, we applaud you for your willingness to share your story, and we know that the act of doing this will help so many who may have or be going through similar. 

Thank you so much! ❤️ 🙏

You can read the full article by Anna by clicking on our website (link in bio) and looking under "media" and then "case studies" 

#postnatalOCD #OCD #anxiety #intrusivethoughts #pnd #mentalhealthcheckin #motherhood #parenting #mentalhealthmatters #fourthtrimester #pmh #perinatal
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🎉 AMAZING GIVE AWAY ALERT! 🎉

We are so delighted to announce a FABULOUS give away with our simply brilliant collaborators @my_expertmidwife ❤️ who do SO much for our charity 🙏

To help us raise more awareness of our work & services, they have donated a stunning Ultimate Collection package for one lucky winner ❤️ 🤰

This midwife developed ultimate set includes full size products developed to relieve a range of challenges faced by the skin during pregnancy, birth and into motherhood. It includes pregnancy soothers: Spritz for Sleep, Fantastic Skin Elastic, Peri Prep Your Bits, hospital bag essentials: Spritz for Bits, Soak for Bits, and No Harm Nipple Balm for breastfeeding mums and No Harm Bum Balm to soothe and protect babies bottom. Spritz for Clean Hands to use at any time.  These all fit into a My Expert Midwife designed toiletry bag, perfect for packing all essentials. It's ideal as a full set for yourself, or as a gift for a mum to be 🤰

🥳  This amazing prize is worth a whopping £143! 🥳

To enter simply

Make sure you are following us at @pandas_uk

Make sure you are following My Expert Midwife at @my_expertmidwife

Comment below tagging a friend/friends ❤️

We will randomly select a winner on Tuesday (23rd) evening at 19.00. Winner will be announced in the comments on this post and in our stories. UK entrants only please. This competition is in no way endorsed by Instagram. 

🍀🤞 Good luck everyone 🤞 🍀

#giveaway #comp #newmum #newmumgift #selfcare #myexpertmidwife #fourthtrimester #pregnancy #motherhood #mumlife #newmumlife #mentalhealth #pnd
We would like to thank Rachel, one of our incredib We would like to thank Rachel, one of our incredibly amazing fundraisers, who is running / walking 100miles in March to fundraise for the Pandas Foundation. Please do read her inspiring story shown below as to why she is taking on this challenge, and why she is raising funds for the Pandas Foundation. We are sure her story will resonate with so many.

Her link is below if you would like to donate to her challenge. 

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RachelSanders9

If you have any fundraising ideas or would like to join Rachel in taking on your own fundraiser, please do contact claire.jones@pandasfoundation.org.uk for a fundraising pack. Thank you so much.

#fundraising #pmh #mentalhealth #perinatalmentalhealth #anxiety #running #walking
Spring is just around the corner - which means the Spring is just around the corner - which means there are brighter mornings, warmer days and more positive days ahead 💐 🌞 🐇 🍀 🙌 

Getting outside for a walk in the fresh air and sun can be such a benefit to mental health, and a great way to get outside with baby or children. Why not raise money for Pandas Foundation at the same time?

From the 1st March we are launching a challenge to "stroll into spring" and walk 10,000 steps a day from the 1st March until spring officially starts on 20th March. This is a great chance to celebrate spring coming, and raise much needed funds to keep our support services going. 

As little as £5 allows us to provide support to somebody in need on our helpline for 30 mins and makes a massive difference ☎️ ❤️ 🙏

If you would like to take part, please contact claire.jones@pandasfoundation.org.uk for information and a fundraising pack. The pack includes one of our beautiful bracelets and a Pandas Foundation t-shirt.

Your support would be truly appreciated. Thank you ❤️ 🤗 🙏

#pandasstrollintospring #springtimechallenge #springtime #10ksteps #mentalhealthcheckin #pmh #mumlife #dadlife #parenting
@common_wild absolutely nailed it again! Who’s p @common_wild absolutely nailed it again! Who’s playing bedtime snakes & ladders right now??! 🙋‍♀️🙋

#bedtime #kidlife #parenting #dadlife #mumlife #sleepytime #bedtimeroutine #bedtimestory
Hi everyone & happy Saturday. Absolutely LOVE this Hi everyone & happy Saturday. Absolutely LOVE this from @nowronglines ......I think we all have a bit of an affinity with the goldfish right now, don’t we??

We hope you are coping ok. Please know that if you aren’t, we are here. 

We exist for you...for all parents...mums AND dads & all carers too. If you are worried about anyone in that position you can also contact us. You are NOT alone. 

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 get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Just email 
info@pandasfoundation.org.uk & write all your thoughts & feelings.

❤️😍🤗😘

#parenting #parenthood #parentinginapandemic #feelingchlostrophobic #smothered #mumlife #dadlife #lockdownlife #pnd #mhmatters #mentalhealth #pmh #fourthtrimester
Our helpline is free from UK landlines and mobiles Our helpline is free from UK landlines and mobiles for everyone, open 7 days a week 11am to 10pm. Donating just £5 will enable us to give a service user in need of help 30 minutes of support through the helpline. Keeping this support free is so important, and every fundraiser and donation helps us keep this service going.

If you donate just £5 through our virgin money giving link, we will send you a Pandas Foundation wrist band as a thank you! We hope you would then wear it with pride, and show off your support to us 

Just go to http://www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PandasUK and donate £5. Once you have done this, just send proof of donation (a screen shot is fine) and your address to natalie.stevenson@pandasfoundation.org.uk and we will send a wrist band out to you, in your choice of either white or orange!

Thank you so much
Dads...we are here for you ❤️ Here at PANDAS w Dads...we are here for you ❤️ Here at PANDAS we are so keen to break down those stigmas. PND & other perinatal mental health issues can affect Dads & they need support too. 

Dads too suffer with finding their identity going into fatherhood, & can be affected by trauma, especially if they witness traumatic births.

Dads are also much more likely to suffer with pnd/anxiety/overwhelm if their partner suffers too. 

Dads deserve support, validation & love ❤️ 

You are NOT alone. 

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 get back to you within 72 hours, often sooner. Just email 
info@pandasfoundation.org.uk & write all your thoughts & feelings.

We also have a wonderful closed peer to peer support group for dads (just search PANDAS Dads closed group)

Sending you all SO MUCH LOVE ❤️❤️ and we’d be so grateful if you could share this message far & wide so it reaches as many dads as possible. Thank you ❤️💙🙏🏼🙏🏾🙏🏿🙏🏻🙏🏽 xxx

Thanks as always to @_happyasamother for providing such a wonderful graphic image to go with this x 

#dadlife #fatherhood #dadsmattertoo #dadsmatter #dadsofinstagram #dadsofig #dadsofinsta #daddy #parenting #parentinginapandemic