Welcome to Maternal Mental Health Matters. My name is Patricia Tomasi. I’m a Canadian journalist, advocate, mom of two, and one of countless women who has suffered from a maternal mental illness. In my case, it was postpartum bipolar disorder which I experienced twice following the births of my daughters, Celeste and Éva. Since then, I have been writing articles on maternal mental health for HuffPost Canada and other publications in an effort to understand the condition and more importantly, the reason behind the lack of services available to screen and help moms (and dads!) dealing with the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth. I am also a co-founder of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Coalition, a non-profit organization advocating for a Canadian national strategy for perinatal mental health.
I also write about parenting issues and mental health in general, as well as autism and ADHD, having first-hand experience raising a child with both conditions.
Here’s a link to articles I’ve written. If you would like to share your story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are currently struggling with a mental illness or if you’re feeling unwell, please see your doctor or go to your nearest emergency room if you feel that it’s urgent. Definitely talk to someone you trust. If you’re looking for peer support for a maternal mental illness, consider joining my private Facebook Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Support Group with over 2000 women worldwide: https://www.facebook.com/groups/maternalmhmatterssupportgroup/
If you want to get involved in maternal mental health advocacy, consider joining the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative or one of many other maternal mental health organizations throughout the world.
“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