The Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) will donate four books to Dubbo’s Macquarie Regional Library, to support the facility’s resilience resources.
The books are all authored by leading Australian parenting educator Maggie Dent and are titled: Real Kids in an Unreal World, Black Duck Wisdom and Saving Our Adolescents.
“Maggie’s books offer clear, reliable and relevant Australian information and background for parents looking for assistance with what’s often touted as the ‘hardest job in the world’,” said the Library’s Dubbo Branch Manager Jocelyn Morris.
The Dubbo branch library holds publications by Maggie Dent as part of the non-fiction collection which includes a parenting section hosting material to cover the age spectrum from newborns through to adolescence.
“The common sense advice in Maggie’s books is a valuable source of information which provides support to parents and service providers. The library has facilitated easy access to this material which is available to borrowers throughout the regional library system, covering the residents of the shires of Wellington, Narromine and Warrumbungle, in addition to Dubbo City Council area,” said Ms Morris.
The purchase of the books was funded by the NSW Mental Health Association which granted money to the LHD’s Postnatal Depression Awareness Working Party.
Postnatal depression (PND) affects one in seven Australian women following childbirth.Anxiety disorders are also common and can occur alone or with depression. Fathers and partners can also experience mental health problems around this time.
“Untreated, PND can lead to ongoing mental health issues that can affect all aspects of a woman’s life, particularly her relationships with others including her new baby. I want all parents to recognise that help is available, recovery is possible andit's OK to talk about it,” said LHD Parenting, Perinatal and Infant Care in Mental Health Clinical Coordinator Christina Hunt.
For PND support please contact the Mental Health Information and Support Service on 1800 011 511 or your local GP.
More Information is available from www.beyondblue.org.au and www.panda.org.au
Media are invited to attend the donation of the new books to the Macquarie Regional Library (corner of Macquarie and Talbragar Streets, Dubbo) on Thursday 28th February at 10am.
Please contact Elissa Magner on 6881 4165 for further information.