Welcome to Maternal Mental Health Matters! This site is dedicated to bringing you the stories of moms who have tried to navigate the system for help for prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and psychosis.
My name is Patricia Tomasi. I’m a Canadian journalist, advocate and mom on a mission to improve maternal mental health care.
Get this, I was diagnosed with postpartum bipolar disorder EIGHT YEARS after I first developed it after the birth of my first daughter, and three years after I went through it a second time after the birth of my second daughter.
As I scrambled to search the Internet for information and support which was sorely lacking, I was flabbergasted to learn that I wasn’t the only one running in circles trying to get help.
From 2015-2019, I wrote about the state of maternal mental health care in Canada for HuffPost Canada and learned that our health care system is far behind other countries like the U.S., Australia, and the U.K. when it comes to screening and treatment maternal mental illness.
But I wanted to do more than just write about it. I wanted action.
So I co-founded the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative in 2019 along with Jaime Charlebois, the only perinatal mental health nurse in Ontario. She and I together with our growing supporters across Canada are working to get Canada’s first ever national perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) mental health strategy.
So! If you’re Canadian and want to help, please join us! We have NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s full support which is fantastic news but this is an all-party issue and we need all elected officials on side.
On a lighter note, I love funny memes and share a lot of them on my Facebook and Instagram pages. (I also get a little more personal on Instagram, sharing photos of the fam and such so if you like that, be sure to follow me there.)
What else… oh yeah, I share tons of news articles on Twitter so if you’re into maternal mental health news from around the world, you should check out my feed.
If you’d like to connect with me about anything at all, feel free to message me. I would love to hear your story and feature it on my site or at http://www.cpmhc.ca.
Let’s figure this out together!
“No mom should feel alone while suffering from the pain, isolation, and frustration that comes with postpartum depression. The health and success of families include — and begin with — the whole health of our moms.” ~ U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark