Gidget Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents to ensure they receive timely, appropriate and specialist care.
Perinatal depression and anxiety are recognised mental health conditions affecting 1 in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers. They impact around 100,000 Australians each year, with maternal suicide being a leading cause of death amongst expectant and new mothers.
Gidget left the world too early, though she has left a remarkable legacy. In the words of Gidget’s Mum, Sue Cotton, “Gidget Foundation Australia came into being because of Louise, but it’s not about my little girl anymore. Gidget Foundation Australia is all about the other ‘Gidgets’ and guys out there suffering. Let’s all do whatever we can to get them to start talking.”
"She was beautiful. She was fabulous. She was amazing. I wish that she was here today. She would have loved to be in this enormous room but we are all here because she isn’t. Her name was Louise. She was the first of our three daughters."
Sue Cotton, Gidget Ladies’ Lunch 2017
Read Sue’s full speech
“Since 2001, the Foundation has supported expecting and new parents who are experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety and I am immensely proud of our history and believe wholeheartedly in our future.”
David Cotton, Gidget’s Father
The Gidget Gerbera
If you look closely at our logo you will see that this gorgeous red gerbera is in fact flawed; it's imperfect. The petals aren't uniform, they're different lengths and they're a bit wonky.
There are a million representations of a perfect gerbera if you Google them. But our own flawed gerbera expresses warmth, love and beauty, as well as our perfect imperfections. It is, in fact, a splendid red gerbera in full bloom.