E tūtaki ana ngā kapua o te rangi, kei runga, kei runga te Mangoroa e kōpae pū ana | The clouds in the sky close over, but above them spreads the milky way

We are so pleased to announce another partner supporting our mission to raise awareness and raise funds for Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Week 2022!

Shut Up & Dance run online and in person classes where you learn a different routine each week from a movie or a music video. They feel strongly about the work PADA does to #eliminatethestigma of maternal mental health awareness and are kindly holding a fundraiser for PADA, running an online class on Saturday 7th May at 9:45am to raise funds and raise awareness for PADA!

Where: ONLINE – grab a device and a space at home – and dance!
Day: Saturday 7th May 2022
Time: 9:45am – 10.30am

Kia ora, My name is Clair and I am a mum of two, a British dance teacher who moved to New Zealand for a guy I met on Tinder. I love people and have an addiction to sausage rolls and hot chips. The past two years have been challenging to say the least, having 2 small humans, and not being able to leave the country alongside a global pandemic, has been pretty heavy. I am so so grateful for the work PADA does, which is why I am so SO happy to support the Perinatal Mental Health Awareness campaign and teach a class to promote the work you do.

In Reality: Shut Up & Dance is this magic pocket of time without distractions from our ‘real life’ to move our bodies and share a space with like-minded people, connecting in this community through our love for pop music. It has saved me through many hard times. I love dance, I love pop and I love people. Can’t wait to dance with you!




Did you know that in Aotearoa New Zealand 25% of women suffer from anxiety or depression during or after pregnancy and 10% of men experience depression after a child is born? PADA is a national organisation advocating for anyone experiencing mental illnesses as a result of pregnancy, childbirth or early parenthood. We believe that if a parent experiences perinatal mental illness they should know support is available and that they’re not alone.

PADA is a charity that receives no Government funding and relies solely on grants and donations to operate. Our virtual Choose To Move for Perinatal Mental Health is an important fundraising initiative that will raise awareness for perinatal mental health and bring in much needed funds, enabling us to continue to support families and whānau in our communities.

If you’re only just returning to exercise postpartum, check out our Facebook Live on Monday 11th April (then available on our Facebook page afterwards) with postpartum exercise champions She Moves Fitness Collective.

Learn more about what you can do to support Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Week here!

Do you think you might have anxiety or depression in pregnancy? Or after the birth of your child, even years afterwards? You can get support here, or check out our local Support Services to you.