World Maternal Mental Health Day

(Global) – World Mental Health Day is being recognized around the world today, May 1st.

According to WMMHday.postpartum.net, World Mental Health Day (WMMH Day) is designed to bring attention to essential health concerns for mothers and families. It’s proven that life changes around pregnancy make women more vulnerable to mental illness. “The negative cycle of poverty and mental illness impact on a woman’s ability to function and thrive,” officials explain on the website. “This may also directly affect her fetus or child, with long-lasting physical, cognitive and emotional outcomes.”

The awareness campaign strives to ensure mental health care resources are available to women. “This provides the necessary support to empower women to identify their personal capabilities,” officials add. “This can enhance their resilience to difficult life circumstances and support them to nurture their children optimally.”

Key messages:

Maternal mental health matters. #maternalMHmatters.
Women, as well as their family and friends, need to know the signs of maternal mental ill-health and that they are not alone! They can find help and support for perinatal mental health problems.

How to get involved?

There are many ways to speak out and support this campaign outlined here

Background

A small group of people met in late 2015 to start making plans for the first-ever World Maternal Mental Health Day. The group decided that the event should be held each year on the first Wednesday of May, close to “Mother’s Day” and “Mental Health Week” in many countries.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of maternal mental health issues so that more women will get treatment and fewer will suffer.

Our key messages are:

  • Maternal mental health matters. #maternalMHmatters.
  • Women, as well as their family and friends, need to know the signs of maternal mental ill-health and that they are not alone!
  • You can find help and support for perinatal mental health problems.

Before long the steering committee had grown to include representatives from around the globe, all with a common goal of increasing awareness of maternal mental health issues.

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