Thrill-seeking mums, dads and grandparents get airborne for a great cause
Thrill-seeking mums, dads and grandparents will raise adrenalin levels and necessary funds for COPE: Centre of Perinatal Excellence when they jump out of planes and abseil down buildings across Australia (or abseil down a dam in Tasmania) in November.
MotherJumpers is an event where mums – joined by friends and family – skydive and abseil to raise funds for COPE. All funds raised are used to support emotional and mental health outcomes for mums, dads, babies and families. Last year, the event raised over $16,000.
In 2018, MotherJumpers will take place at 17 drop zones across the country, including Melbourne, Brisbane, Wollongong, Newcastle, Byron Bay, Noosa, Cairns and Canberra on November 10 and 11. COPE’s mass national skydive and abseil will also mark the start of this year’s Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week.
COPE improves the mental health and emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents by giving a realistic picture of parenthood and increases support by providing objective, factual information on when and where to get help.
This year, funds raised from MotherJumpers will support COPE’s advocacy to make screening available for all pregnant women and new mothers as recommended in Australia’s National Perinatal Mental Health Guideline.
“The invaluable support of all the jumpers and abseilers helps us get our message and programs out to more Australian parents, and means we can identify and support those in need of information and treatment when they need it”, COPE Executive Director, Dr Nicole Highet, said today.
“With up to one in ten women experiencing depression in pregnancy – increasing to one in seven following birth – and even higher anxiety rates, this support is really important to increase our reach and effectiveness.
“Many women do not seek help for mental health problems early enough – our research shows that three out of four women don’t seek help until they reach crisis point”, Dr Highet said.
Want to jump? Visit Mother Jumpers!