02 Jan Evaluation of the perinatal peer to peer storytelling project
beyondblue engaged HealthConsult to evaluate the Perinatal Peer to Peer Storytelling Project. The Project aimed to reduce experiences of stigma related to postnatal depression and increase help seeking behaviours in new mothers. It involved speakers from beyondblue’s blueVoices reference group, with a lived experience of perinatal depression, sharing their stories with mothers’ group participants that attended selected Maternal and Child Health (MCH) centres. The evaluation of the project included the development and implementation of a comprehensive evaluation framework and involved baseline and follow-up surveys with mothers’ group participants and semi-structured interviews with MCH staff and key stakeholders. The evaluation commenced in February 2017 and was completed by September 2017.