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Welcome to the Mom & Mind Podcast!

This podcast focuses on the Maternal Mental Health struggles related to becoming pregnant, being pregnant, birth and early parenthood. We talk about all of the stuff that you wish someone would have told you BEFORE you tried to be pregnant or have a baby. Postpartum depression is only part of the story.

The goal of this podcast to put all of this info out in the open. There’s no need to hide these very human experiences…so many people deal with these struggles. So, the podcast provides real life stories of moms, dads and family AND we will talk with experts, leaders and advocates in the field of maternal mental health and maternal health. You deserve to be informed!!!!

For more information and resources, go to www.momandmind.com

Apr 25, 2022

Welcome! Today’s show highlights some important upcoming dates in the world of perinatal mental health as we celebrate Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Stay tuned for the end as I have an exciting update to share with you.  This podcast is very important to me. My purpose is to foster and provide space for people’s stories but to balance those experiences with a clinical perspective with proven experts in the field. As I say often, we need to raise awareness with information and education to reduce the stigma related to perinatal mental health conditions. Along with that awareness, I want to empower people further to seek help and support without shame or embarrassment. Thank you for coming along for the ride, and don’t forget to share the podcast and available resources with a friend or loved one who might benefit. I’m sharing a lot of helpful resources in this episode, so don’t miss out! Join me! Show Highlights:

  • Important dates in May, Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month:
  • Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week: May 2-6
  • How you can help spread the awareness:
    • Share your story on social media and use the Postpartum Support International hashtag #maternalMHmatters.
    •  Like the PSI Facebook page and adopt the MMHday Twibbon on your Facebook or Twitter profile picture.
    • Tell your story on our blog to help raise awareness of maternal mental health issues so that more women will get treatment and fewer will suffer.
    • Come up with your own ideas to highlight that #maternalMHmatters in your area, and let others know by submitting your event details to us via email.
    • Use our infographic to highlight that maternal mental health is a global issue.   
  • Perinatal Psychosis Awareness Day: May 6
    • PSI has a Postpartum Psychosis Task Force, which is led by individuals with lived experience and includes providers, researchers, advocates, and PSI staff/board members. 
    • The task force organizes around actions to improve public and provider awareness, increase and improve resources, reduce stigma, and provide legal and legislative advocacy. 
    • The goal of the task force is to develop resources and integrate knowledge and sensitivity about the experience of perinatal psychosis and the unique insights of survivor-advocates into all perinatal mental health advocacy, awareness, education, resources, and services. 
    • Other organizations joining PSI in leading the charge in these areas include Cherished Mom, Maternal Mental Health NOW 2020 Mom, Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance (MMHLA), and more. 
  • My exciting update: I have been elected to be the next Board Chair of PSI, starting in July 2022. After volunteering with PSI for many years and serving in various capacities, I’m very proud and honored to take this post and follow in the footsteps of some amazing people who have gone before me!

Resources:

Postpartum Support International

Postaprtum  

Find PSI on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

 Cherished Mom

 Maternal Mental Health NOW

 2020 Mom

Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance (MMHLA)