Welcome to Maternal Mental Health Matters. My name is Patricia Tomasi. I’m a mom, journalist, and maternal mental health advocate. My focus turned to maternal mental health after experiencing all of it – postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, and psychosis — twice. I’ve written many articles on maternal mental health for HuffPost Canada as well as other publications in an effort to understand the condition. More importantly, I want to know why we don’t regularly screen women (and men!) who may be or are experiencing the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth. And don’t get me started on access to treatment, home care, and community support…. While some countries like the U.K. and Australia understand that maternal mental health matters, others like the U.S. and more-so Canada, where I’m from, are still way behind.
That needs to change.
In 2019, I co-founded the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Coalition, an organization calling for a Canadian national strategy on perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) mental health.
I’m also currently working on a book about my experience and why maternal mental health matters. 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 thousands of 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