Gidget Foundation Australia is a not for profit organisation that provides programs to support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents.
Gidget was the nickname of a vibrant young mother who tragically took her own life while experiencing unrecognised postnatal depression. In her honour, her family and friends created Gidget Foundation Australia, which evokes Gidget’s warmth and lively spirit.
Nearly 1 in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers will experience perinatal depression and anxiety that is often hidden and not fully understood. It impacts around 100,000 Australians each year, and suicide is the leading cause of maternal death. Nearly 50% of all parents experience adjustment disorders.
Gidget House provides free individual psychological counselling services delivered face-to face from 15 locations in three states. Gidget Houses provide compassionate holistic care for expectant and new parents and their families. They are safe haven for parents, where mothers and fathers are respected, and the needs of each unique family are paramount. North Shore Gidget House locations include North Sydney, The Mater, North Shore Private Hospital and Manly at Royal Far West.