It happens every year and it’s for an incredible cause – the Gidget Foundation which helps raise awareness and funds during Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PNDA) Awareness Week from November 11 – 17.
This year, The Healthy Mummy has created a FREE Bun In The Oven healthy recipe e-book full of baking inspiration in the hope to encourage supporters to get baking and host their very own Bun In The Oven event.
Supporters can take part easily by gathering a group of friends, family, work colleagues or mother’s group, register an event and book in a time for a morning or afternoon tea. Each guest is asked to offer a small donation with all proceeds going towards the Gidget Foundation.
To launch the initiative, The Healthy Mummy founder, Rhian Allen and Gidget Foundation’s CEO Arabella Gibson and Ambassadors from both organisations, including Antoinette Lattouf (multi award-winning journalist), Allison Langdon (Channel 9 television journalist and author), Brigid Glanville (ABC NSW Political Reporter), Lisa Hensley (Australian actor and close school friend of Gidget’s, got together for their very own bake-off.
One in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers experience perinatal depression and anxiety.
It impacts 100,000 Australians each year and suicide is the leading cause of maternal death. The Bun In The Oven campaign is an opportunity to take some time out and talk a bit more about how you are feeling and share a morning or afternoon tea while raising funds.
Gidget Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to shining a light on the issue of perinatal depression and anxiety via programs that support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents. Services include Gidget Houses, providing a haven for new mums with face-to-face specialist counselling, as well as free Start Talking video counselling providing support to new parents right across Australia from the comfort of their own home.
During PNDA Awareness Week, The Healthy Mummy will be sharing personal stories from within The Healthy Mummy community as well as stories from Gidget Foundation Angels and Ambassadors. The website will also feature educational pieces from The Healthy Mummy counsellor, Shara Smith.
“We all know that parenthood is filled with challenges and new experiences that can be overwhelming,” said Founder of The Healthy Mummy, Rhian Allen. “What better way for us all to have an opportunity to take some time out and talk about it over a morning or after tea. Healthy baking is a specialty here at The Healthy Mummy so it was a no brainer to get involved and support the work of the Gidget Foundation.”
CEO of Gidget Foundation Australia, Arabella Gibson said: “Perinatal depression and anxiety often goes unrecognised but it can be treated. It’s so important that as a community we come together and support each other instead of suffering in silence. Communicating is always the first step to getting help. And that is what our Bun in the Oven initiative can help to deliver – an opportunity for people right across the country to get together and enjoy a catch up, and all for an important cause.
Check out the Gidget Foundation, here.