From very humble beginnings, Peach Tree now supports parents across South East Queensland and has become a strong voice for families experiencing perinatal mental illness. Peach Tree works hard to educate both the general community and professionals who work in the field about the truth of perinatal mental illness in the hope of reducing its surrounding stigma. Stigma, and the fear of being judged as a “Bad Parent” or “Crazy”, often acts as a barrier to parents being honest about their experience and seeking help.
Founded in March, 2011, by two mothers with personal experience of perinatal mental illness, Peach Tree started their first peer-support Peachy Parent group in October, 2011. Since then, Peach Tree have grown to include Peachy Parent groups in Caboolture, Stafford, Bulimba, Logan East, and Yepoon (and soon the Sunshine Coast). Peach Tree is run entirely by volunteers, all of whom themselves have lived-experience of perinatal mental health issues.
Peach Tree’s Vision:
Creating a community that minimises the impact of perinatal mental illness through acceptance, understanding, and education whilst enhancing self worth.
Other wonderful services Peach Tree provide are:
- Midwife / hospital education classes
- Awareness raising and education
- Public speaking engagements (eg. Australian Breastfeeding Association, Nuture Centre, etc)
- Production and supply of educational materials – Parenting Partner concept, PEPP Talk parent education workshop
- Perinatal mental illness advocacy
- Peach Tree Coastal Trek – annual fundraising event!
- PND Awareness Week events – “The Vintage Gala” (Sat 21st November, 2015)
Vivianne Kissane (Co-founder / CEO)
p: 0430 046 326
“I really think Peach Tree has saved me. I don’t know what I would have done without it.”Sarah
“I really needed group today. It has been a tough week, and I always feel better after group.”Melanie
“When I walk in to this room I just feel an enormous sense of relief.”Virginia