May 7th is International Maternity Mental Health Awareness Day


For many expectant and new mothers, anxiety, depression, and sleep difficulty are part of the maternal process. What is supposed to be the happiest time in a woman's life may not always be. To raise awareness of the issued surrounding maternal mental health, May 7 is designated International Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day and the Postpartum Support International group has declared this year's theme to be You Are Not Alone.

An estimated one in seven mothers experience postpartum depression. Prompt treatment and support usually mean recovering with a year, however, and PSI and other organizations want to make sure that women do not assume they are at fault and suffer in silence as a result.

Many local groups help women with postpartum depression and maternity-related mental health issues.

PSI is a national organization that oversees its localized groups through volunteer and professional networks.

"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."

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