Community Event: Orillia Stroller Walk (World Maternal Mental Health Week)

  • Thursday, May 03, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Couchiching Beach Park 140 Canice St., Orillia, Ontario

*This is a community event please register at;

During the week of April 30 - May 6 we will be raising awareness for World Maternal Mental Health Week all across North Simcoe Muskoka.#MaternalMHMatters

Moms & babies, family & friends are all invited to join us for a stroller walk to discuss, promote and support World Maternal Mental Health Week. 

Wear BLUE to show your support!

10:00 a.m. - Meet & greet (Couchiching Beach Park - large picnic shelter at the west end)
10:30 a.m. - Stroller walk commences
End location is EarlyOn Child and Family Centre (80 Colborne St W)
11:15 - Mayor Steve Clarke addressing participants

Information booths, refreshments and prizes! 

More details coming soon!

Please RSVP early to ensure adequate refreshments & prizes :)

Why we need to raise awareness & support Maternal Mental Health Awareness:

- Rates across North Simcoe Muskoka are higher than the provincial average (22% in North Simcoe Muskoka vs. 15.9% across Ontario). 

- No one is immune! Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. 

- Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options available to help women recover.

- Without early screening and treatment, 50- 70% of women with perinatal mood disorders will continue to experience symptoms through the postpartum period & unfortunately up to 40% will still have symptoms 4-5 years post-delivery. 

- Mental illness in the perinatal period may negatively influence parenting practices such as bonding and attachment. As a result, children may experience cognitive, emotional and behavioural impairments increasing vulnerability at school and into adulthood. 
Check out all the World Maternal Mental Health Week Stroller Walks in our region:

Collingwood event link:
Midland event link:
Barrie event link:
Orillia event link:
Alliston event link:

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