Maternal Depression: Everyone Can Play a Role to Help Families Thrive

Health and Wellness Postpartum Pregnancy

A Call to Drive Change at the Community, State and Federal Level

With postpartum depression, feelings of sadness and anxiety can be extreme and might interfere with a woman's ability to care for herself or her family. WIC’s nutrition assessment process and referral services lend themselves well to identifying and linking women with or at risk of depression to appropriate services.

In this one-hour webinar, you'll learn about:

  • The prevalence of maternal depression and its effects on early childhood outcomes and health disparities.
  • The latest recommendations for maternal depression screening from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force.
  • Strategies for improving access to screenings and interventions.
  • Actions you can take at the community, state, and federal level to help more mothers and families get the support they deserve.

 

Resources for individuals in need of assistance (emergent or otherwise) can be found via the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, the Mental Health America's Finding Therapy page, and at MentalHealth.gov (including suicide prevention and a veterans’ crisis line).

Also available is a guide to help families who have a loved one who is suicidal or has made a suicide attempt. It provides information on understanding suicide, warning signs and action steps to take, and how to prevent future attempts and keep your loved one safe.

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Developed by: HHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration