Welcome to Maternal Mental Health Matters. My name is Patricia Tomasi. I’m a 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 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.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND AT MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
At Maternal Mental Health Matters, you’ll get the latest news from around the world regarding maternal mental health and you’ll also hear from women themselves who are either currently suffering from a maternal mental illness such as postpartum depression and anxiety as well as from those who have been through it and have important things to say about the current state of maternal mental health care.
If you are currently struggling with a maternal 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, consider joining my private Facebook Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Support Group with over 2000 women worldwide: https://www.facebook.com/groups/maternalmhmatterssupportgroup/
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
If you want to get involved in maternal mental health advocacy such as joining the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative or one of many other maternal mental health organizations throughout the world, or if you’d like to contribute and share your story on Maternal Mental Health Matters, please send me an email. I’d love to hear from you: email@example.com
“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