Notice of PCL Closure Over Christmas Break

To our clients and colleagues of Pregnancy Counselling & Education Services Incorporated (PCESI), we would like to advise you that we will be closed over the Christmas break from December 24th through to January 2nd 2019.
Should you require any assistance during this period you may wish to contact either Lifeline on 13 11 14 (available 24 hours), or PANDA -Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia on 1300 726 306 (available 9am – 7:30pm Mon – Fri).

We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas,

The team at PCL

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Koala Joeys Free Family Program – Term 4 (2018)

Nundah Koala Joeys Family Program (Term 4)

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Red Hill Koala Joeys Family Program (Term 4)

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Sherwood Koala Joeys Family Program (Term 4)

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Enquiries

For all enquiries please contact Nicole:

Nicole Mcnamara
0400 335 749
Nicole.mcnamara@pcl.org.au

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PCL Invitation ‘Year in Reflection’ and AGM 2018

‘Year in Reflection’ Invitation

Wednesday 24 October 2018
12pm – 2pm

Hear and Say Centre
29 Nathan Avenue, Ashgrove QLD 4060

12pm – Year in Reflection presented by PCL Counselling Staff
12.30pm – 2018 AGM Opening
Lunch provided

Please RSVP 15 October 2018 for catering purposes – 07 3512 7999 or info@pcl.org.au.

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FREE Koala Joeys Program 2018 – Term 3 (Nundah, Red Hill, Sherwood)

Nundah Koala Joeys Family Program (Term 3)

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Red Hill Koala Joeys Family Program (Term 3)

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Sherwood Koala Joeys Family Program (Term 3)

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Enquiries

For all enquiries please contact Nicole:

Nicole Mcnamara
0400 335 749
Nicole.mcnamara@pcl.org.au

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Date Claimer – 2018 AGM

Please save the date – more details will come soon. The PCL AGM will be held on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 at 12pm at the Hear N Say Centre.

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Your invitation to join us for High Tea (Mother’s Day Fundraiser)

PCL High Tea Invitation

For 45 years Pregnancy Counselling Link has counselled mothers and families, and we would be delighted to have you join us for High Tea to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Saturday 12 May 2018 – 10.30am – 12.30pm

The Community Centre, Our Lady Dolours Church
11 Suez Street, Mitchelton

$25 per head
RSVP and payment due by 4 May 2018

Raffles will be available on the day

Payment Methods:

Direct Deposit, Cheque or phone for Credit Card transfer on 07 3512 7999.

For more details please contact us – info@pcl.org.au or 07 3512 7999

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Koala Joeys Program 2018 – Term 2 (Nundah, Red Hill, Sherwood)

Nundah – Term 2, 2018

Mondays: 10 am – 11:45 am

Monday 23, 30  April

Monday 7, 14, 21, 28 May

Monday 4, 11, 18, 25 Jun

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Red Hill – Term 2, 2018

Thursdays: 10 am – 11:30 am

Thursday 19, 26 April

Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May

Thursday 7, 14, 21, 28 June

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Sherwood – Term 2, 2018

Thursdays: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday 19, 26 April

Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May

Thursday 7, 14, 21, 28 June

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Koala Joeys Program 2018 – Term 1 (Nundah, Red Hill, Sherwood)

Nundah – Term 1, 2018

Mondays: 10 am – 11:45 am

Monday 29 January

Monday 5, 12, 19, 26 February

Monday 5, 12, 19, 26 March

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Red Hill – Term 1, 2018

Thursdays: 10 am – 11:30 am

Thursday 11, 18, 25 January

Thursday 1, 8, 15, 22 February

Thursday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March

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Sherwood – Term 1, 2018

Thursdays: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday 11, 18, 25 January

Thursday 1, 8, 15, 22 February

Thursday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March

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Social media fuelling anxiety, perinatal depression for new mums, experts warn

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New mums are bombarded with social media images of the “perfect family” and it’s leading to increased anxiety and perinatal depression, experts are warning.

Research by the national perinatal depression helpline PANDA has also found more than half of mums with the illness are waiting at least a month to seek help, and one in 10 callers to the service are at serious risk of self-harm or suicide.

Renee Knight was among those who fell into depression when life as a new mum didn’t turn out how she had hoped.

“We’re bombarded in society,” she told News Breakfast of the social media pressures.

“I had this great image of what I was going to be like as a mum … I was so excited and then it just didn’t work out to be what I expected.”

Renee gave birth to Hamish in February last year and within a few weeks was struggling to cope with the changes.

When he wasn’t sleeping well she became angry with him and then became angry that she didn’t feel like herself anymore.

Renee began to think something was going wrong when she realised she was scared to be with Hamish.

“I would see all these pictures on TV about what it was like having a baby and hear from other mums and I didn’t feel like that at all,” she said.

“I thought, ‘surely this isn’t right, surely other people feel different’.”

When things deteriorated, Renee ended up in the emergency department and within a couple of days was in a mother-baby unit, where she spent the next nine weeks.

“Unfortunately Renee’s experience is really common,” said PANDA CEO Terri Smith, who added the social media representations of ideal families could have serious effects.

“It is damaging because no parent is perfect.

“The stigma, the shame that comes with that, we hear regularly through PANDA’s helpline, that, ‘I wanted to be a different mum to this’.”

New analysis of calls to PANDA’s helpline in 2016-17 reveal the extent to which parents are not aware of perinatal depression.

It found three quarters of callers hadn’t discussed emotional and mental health issues with their GP, and that half felt unprepared for the challenges of parenthood.

“We know that at least one in five new mums are going to experience a depression or anxiety and it is important to remember that might even start during the pregnancy,” Ms Smith said.

“I think women are not really prepared to look out for those signs of depression or anxiety.”

Renee has since became a “PANDA champion” to raise awareness of perinatal depression and the support services that exist.

“No-one’s story is the same and symptoms are different, recovery stories are different, [but] there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017 – 22 November

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

All Members, Friends and Supporters of Pregnancy Counselling and Education Services Inc and Pregnancy Counselling Link

Are invited to attend The 44th A.G.M Meeting on
Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
Hear & Say Centre
29 Nathan Avenue, Ashgrove Qld 4060

12.00pm ‘Year in Reflection’ presented by PCL Counselling Staff

12.30pm Lunch will be provided

AGENDA FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

1.00pm Opening and Welcome by Chairperson

• Apologies
• Minutes of A.G.M. – 23rd November 2016
• Special Business—Changes to Constitution
• Financial Report from Treasurer
• Chairperson’s Report from the Management Board
• Election of Office Bearers for 2017/2018
• Commitment by Board and Staff Members
• General Business

2.00pm Close of Meeting

Board Secretary RSVP—20th November 2017
Anne Johnson Libby Needham (07) 3512 7999 or info@pcl.org.au

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