PSI Wants New Mothers to Know: You Are Not Alone.
Childbirth can be one of the happiest times of a woman's life as well as one of the most challenging. For many women, the transition to motherhood brings sadness, depression, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. But new mothers do not have to suffer in silence. "May 7 is International Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day, and this year's theme is 'You Are Not Alone,'" says Ann Smith, CNM, and president of Postpartum Support International (PSI).
PSI, as the leading organization dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood disorders, is asking national and local governments around the world to join in their efforts to raise awareness about an issue that has such a profound effect on so many families. According to their data, as many as 1 in 7 new moms experience postpartum depression. But with prompt treatment and support, most will make a complete recovery within the first year.
"PSI provides the bridge between families and providers; we train providers and support families, connecting them with local resources," says Wendy Davis, PhD, Executive Director of PSI. "Local volunteers and support groups provide an opportunity for mothers to share their stories, as well as tears and hugs. They provide that crucial peer support to help moms understand that they are not alone. We also use the latest technology to provide a wide range of support through our website, warmline, chat with an expert, social media, and online trainings. Services to mothers and families are completely free of charge."
PSI serves all 50 states as well as 40 countries. "This year PSI approved the formation of PSI state chapters," says Chris Raines, MSN APRN-BC, Perinatal Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at UNC Chapel Hill Perinatal Mood Disorders Program. "PSI is very excited about this additional opportunity to reach moms and families on a local level, enabling us to offer direct support to families who might not otherwise reach out."
PSI is encouraging chapters to hold events, such as runs and stroller walks during the month of May. These events can raise awareness as well as funds to enhance both our local and international efforts, all with the goal of offering support to mothers and families.
Triad area PSI groups include:
Feelings After Birth
Lori Davenport, Coordinator Call for meeting times and more information.
Telephone: 832.6682 Email: Lori.Davenport@conehealth.com
First Wednesday of each month at noon (feel free to bring a bagged lunch)
Third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Location: High Point Regional Hospital, 5th Floor Women's Center Classroom # 2
601 North Elm St., High Point Contact: Enjonae Anderson, MA, LPC, LCASA
Telephone: 609-7383 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information for North Carolina chapters, resources and events can be found at postpartum.net/locations/north-carolina/.
Women looking for support can also contact the PSI warmline, available in English or Spanish, at 1-800-944-4773 (4PPD).