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Walk for a reason and meet a well-known Perth mummy blogger
Depression and anxiety are common during early parenthood, but it's important for mums and their partners to know that there is help and support out there.
The Big Pram Walk on Sunday, 20th November will coincide with Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week. The 1km or 3km walks will start from Elizabeth Quay from 9am and aim to raise awareness of perinatal depression and anxiety, which refers to the occurrence of mood disorders in early parenthood. The walk will also raise funds for mental health support group beyondblue and the Australian Red Cross Family Support Program.
The Big Pram Walk will feature special guest Constance Hall. (Pic: The Big Pram Walk WA Facebook)
One Perth mother who has publicly documented her battles with depression and anxiety is 'Queen of queens' Constance Hall, who will be the special guest of the day. The popular mummy blogger, who has recently penned a book titled 'Like a Queen', will be available for a meet and greet in the Queens Tent lounge area at the event.
Starting time slots will be allocated on the morning, however – the Big Pram Walk is not a timed race. It is an opportunity to meet and connect with other parents and share stories and experiences. It is a great event in which to talk to other mums while getting out for a walk with your bub.
The Big Pram Walk will raise funds for beyondblue. (Pic: beyondblue Facebook)
Registration fees start from $50 for an adult and $75 for two adults, which includes as many children as you can walk with and you will receive a gift bag on the day, all of which contain coupons, samples and a copy of 'Like a Queen'. Get a group of ten together and the fee is $300, including five gift bags. You can register here and fees may apply when booking.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a hat, and take a hat and sunscreen for your little one. In addition to the walk, there will be educational information available, entertainment and food and drink stalls from 8am.
If you need further incentive to take part, the organisers are aiming to break the official record of 746 for most prams in a big walk. If there was ever a Perth walk to take part in, this is the one.