Study On Postpartum Depression And ADHD Stresses Need For Maternal Health Support

Melissa Doody believes postpartum depression had such a negative impact on her parenting abilities that it’s the reason her seven-year-old daughter has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) today. “Her needs would frustrate or anger me, almost like they were an inconvenience to me,” the Edmonton mom of two told HuffPost Canada. “How could I love and care for someone […]

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4 Science-Backed Alternative Therapies For Postpartum Depression

Two days following the birth of her baby, Maria Lopez began experiencing anxiety attacks. Though she was immediately prescribed medication to treat her postpartum anxiety, Lopez said she didn’t want to take it because she didn’t want “chemicals” in her body. “I wanted to try natural things,” Lopez, who lives in Toronto, told HuffPost Canada. “At […]

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Mom And Baby Units For Postpartum Depression Exist, But Not In Canada

Dina Rae Reiber of Luseland, Sask. suffered from severe postpartum depression following the birth of her third child. “I was spiralling out of control,” Rae Reiber told HuffPost Canada. “I would cry uncontrollably, have panic attacks and dark thoughts daily.” When those dark thoughts worsened to include thoughts of self-harm, Rae Reiber’s psychiatrist recommended hospitalization. But […]

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Why I March For Mental Health

Though we’ve started the conversation around mental health in Canada, it’s not enough. It’s time for action and it’s why I applaud the efforts of advocates like Frank Van Nie, Courtney Taylor, Dejan Bozin, Judy Wisdom, Shivani Sharma, Mark Farrant and Jeanette Schepp, the organizers behind the March For Mental Health Toronto (MFMHTO) on May 12th, […]

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Charlize Theron’s Movie ‘Tully’ Angers Maternal Mental Health Advocates

Huffington Post By Patricia Tomasi 04/25/2018 Warning: this post contains plot spoilers about the movie “Tully.” Maternal mental health advocates are fuming over Hollywood’s latest depiction of postpartum depression in the movie “Tully,” starring Charlize Theron, set to hit theatres May 4th. “It makes my blood boil,” Lisa Tremayne, co-founder of the Bloom Foundationand director […]

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Moms With Postpartum Depression Keep Getting Reported To Child Services

Advocates say healthcare workers need better training. Huff Post Canada By: Patricia Tomasi      02/13/2018 Note: At their request, HuffPost Canada changed the names of the three Canadian mothers who came forward with their stories. No other names have been changed. When U.S. mom Jessica Porten made international headlines last month after she shared a shocking story […]

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Today’s Parent Profiles Our Bell Let’s Talk Maternal Mental Health Hashtag

Here is an article by Today’s Parent about our attempt to make maternal mental health part of the national conversation using the hashtag #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth during the annual #BellLetsTalk Canadian mental health campaign. Looks like we garnered some attention! In the end, we ended up with over 13 million Twitter impressions and the Chair of Bell […]

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Maternal Mental Health Is Being Left Out Of Bell Let’s Talk

Update: Using #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth, advocates were able to obtain 13 million impressions on Twitter during the Bell Let’s Talk campaign Jan. 31, 2018. The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/30/2018 While I love Bell Let’s Talk‘s decision to focus on everyday Canadians this year instead of the celebrities we’re used to hearing from, I wish just one of the […]

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