Welcome to Maternal Mental Health Matters! This site is dedicated to bringing you the latest on all matters relating to maternal mental health.
My name is Patricia Tomasi. I’m a former journalist that started this site because of a growing need for information and relatable stories and articles specifically about maternal mental health.
I know, because I’ve been there.
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.
In 2015, due to my background in journalism and popular public rants on social media, I was asked to start writing for HuffPost Canada about why the healthcare system (in Canada and elsewhere) is so out of date when it comes to screening and treatment maternal mental illness.
But I wanted to do more. I wanted a dedicated site just for maternal mental health and I wanted action.
So I started this site and the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative along with other fierce advocates to try and get Canada’s first ever national perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) mental health strategy. If you’re Canadian and want to help, please join us!
On a lighter note, I love funny memes and share them a lot on my Facebook and Instagram pages. And I guess you like them too since 10,000 + are following!!??!! Laughter for the win! 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 articles daily on Twitter so if you’re into maternal mental health news from around the world, you should check out my feed there.
If you’d like to connect with me about anything at all, feel free to message me anytime. I would love to hear your story and feature it on my site. Email me if you’re interested in contributing at Tomasi.Patricia@gmail.com.
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