For the second year running, a Sing&Grow session has been held as part of Postnatal Depression Awareness week activities at Karitane (a service that supports families experiencing perinatal mental health issues). Each year, families affiliated with Karitane are invited to participate in a Pram Walk, followed by other activities that promote the mental health of parents and help raise awareness about Postnatal Depression. This year, families braved the 40 degree heat to go for their pram walk, then participated in a fun, interactive, relaxing music session in air conditioned comfort. Afterwards, parents were invited to reflect and share about ways in which routines, such as a song or book before bedtime, can help with settling their children.
Sing&Grow has a wonderful ongoing collaboration with Karitane, with programs being held at the Day Service, Jade House, since 2011. Over the past two years, Sing&Grow has run in Jade House every term, with many families experiencing the benefits of shared music participation.