Maternal depression is the second leading cause of disability among women globally and estimates suggest that up to one in five women will struggle with a mental health complication during the perinatal period.
The relationship between maternal mental health and child health outcomes is well documented and research is continually demonstrating the importance of early detection and treatment of maternal mental illness in early childhood developments. Maternal depression can impair the maternal/child bond and result in delayed physical, social and cognitive development with long term implications for physical and mental well being and related health outcomes. Mothers who are struggling with their own mental health concerns may find interaction with their child in this capacity more difficult and thus delay or impair this vital component of early brain development.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines maternal mental health as “a state of well-being in which a mother realizes her own abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to her community”. When confronted with mental illness, many women are unable to function in a way that allows them to contribute at a level that is consistent with WHO definitions.
It may surprise you to learn that:
We are calling for a national strategy for perinatal mental health so that parents can have a healthy start during pregnancy and in the early postpartum period and we need your help.
We have a series of meetings with different provincial ministers and stakeholders but we need some help with the cost associated with getting to these meetings. If this cause is important to you, Please donate to help cover the costs so we can continue moving this forward. You can see the full proposal here PAGE 8
You can also read about why this is needed https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/05/01/maternal-mental-health-canada_a_23424672/
Want to get more involved? Join the Perinatal Mental Health Coalition Canada on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/groups/399288077156491/
© 2020 Life with A Baby, Inc. All Rights Reserved.