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MAY IS MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
PSI is focusing on bringing awareness to maternal mental health the entire month of May with Maternal Mental Health Month. The month started off with Maternal Mental Health Day on May 1st and will continue all month long. PSI is a proud member of a taskforce of organizations from around the world banding together to raise awareness about Maternal Mental Health.
What can you do to help bring awareness to Maternal Mental Health during May?
Learn about World Maternal Mental Health Day at wmmhday.postpartum.net.
Don’t miss these Highlights!
THE LULLABY PROJECT AT THE FRIDAY BANQUET
We are excited to share that representatives from the Lullaby Project will be our special guests at the Friday night banquet. This beautiful project was conceived by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, using the creative process of songwriting to improve maternal health and child bonds with pregnant women and new mothers experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations. The project brought together Mothers and mothers-to-be with musicians from the Oregon Symphony and local singer-songwriters to create personal lullabies for their children. In 2018, this collaboration began in Portland as part of the Sounds of Home community initiative, and is staged in close partnership with Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS). You can learn more about the Lullaby Project through their video HERE.
NOT CAROL Documentary Film screening | Saturday, June 29
Not Carol, produced by Planet Grande Films, is a new documentary that presents an intimate portrayal of Carol Coronado and her family, sharing her journey through postpartum psychosis and the murder case against her after the death of her three daughters. We will show the full feature-length film which includes interviews with leading legal and medical experts and Carol’s friends and family. A post-film panel will address questions and facilitate discussion. Please join us for this important film.
PSI ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
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FEATURES PSI MEMBER: ELIZABETH GILLETTE
“I have found that exploring the perinatal period utilizing an attachment framework has been powerful and moving for many people. We are all working toward experiencing more security in our relationships and I bring this intention to my work with individuals and couples (especially in the postpartum period as families are experiencing significant transition).”
To read more about Elizabeth, her private practice Heirloom Consulting, and her attachment-focused therapy and education, click here for our brief interview with her.
IN THE NEWS
Postpartum Support International Focuses On Raising Awareness of Maternal Mental Health
PORTLAND, OR. --- Postpartum Support International (PSI), the leading organization dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood disorders, is raising awareness of maternal mental health (MMH) by focusing on global awareness, education, and local fundraising. PSI will kick-off the MMH awareness campaign on May 1st with World Maternal Mental Health Day, joining partners from around the globe on social media. In June, PSI will hold their 32nd Annual Conference in Portland OR from June 26 – 30th, 2019. The conference will focus on education and awareness of Perinatal Mood Disorders. Running consecutively with these two events from May through August is the world’s largest event fundraising for mental health of new families, Climb Out Of The Darkness (COTD). Read More
PSI CERTIFICATE TRAININGS
The 2-day PSI Certificate of Completion Course, taught by experienced and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Registration includes training binder, handouts, breakfast and lunch, and continuing education credits. Approved for 14.5 CMEs, CNEs, CEs. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and visit HERE for the newest training dates and locations.
Upcoming PMD Certificate Trainings
* Day 3 - Advanced Psychotherapy Trainings: The advanced psychotherapy course, or an equivalent six-hour advanced psychotherapy course that includes perinatal mental health, is a prerequisite for the Perinatal Mental Health Certification in the mental health/psychotherapy specialty. You can see alternative courses approved as prerequisites here.
Name: Nicole Woodcox Bolden L.S.W ( soon to be L.C.S.W.)
Town/State: Chicago suburb
Volunteer role: State coordinator and PSI-IL Chapter Board Member
Why are you a volunteer? What drives your passion for perinatal mental health?: I found PSI after the cloud of PPD/PPA cleared, following the birth of my first daughter. PSI was my saving grace when PPD/PPA came back with a vengeance after the birth of my second daughter. I volunteer because I know first hand what it feels like to think you are the only person struggling after childbirth and not being able to find proper help. I am passionate about perinatal mental health because it is something that can impact all women, but not all women have access to appropriate care. That has to change!! If we want to change the world we have to start by supporting women and families mentally, in a holistic and trauma-informed manner. Finally, no one should have to travel through the valley of perinatal mental health alone. With the right support, people come out on the other side as the next best version of themselves.
Our helpline volunteers logged a total of 917 calls and 292 texts in April!
Call the PSI HelpLine at 1-800-944-4773(4PPD) or send a text message to our helpline at 503-894-9453. Our helpline is available in English and Spanish and helpline messages are returned every day of the week.
Over this year+ of working at PSI, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know more about our individual members, from researchers to volunteers in Brazil and Jordan, and from supporters to providers who work with military families. I’d love to hear about you, too! Drop me a note at email@example.com whether it’s to talk about being a featured member, get help accessing your member benefits, or to suggest improvements in membership.
Within our overall growth this past year, I’ve seen an increase particularly in student members: from approximately 7% to 10% of our membership. This speaks to the value of PSI as a learning community. Learning is life-long, of course, so members settled into their careers also make use of our members-only online groups, and discounts on trainings and resources. For our long-term members, I encourage you to reach out to students and other members who are just getting started in their fields, and give them encouragement. The Member reception at the PSI conference this summer will be a perfect place to connect with each other. Connections can also happen in our online member groups, and you can find other members through the Member Directory, local Chapters, and volunteering. Remember to add/update your bio for the Member Directory; let me know if you need assistance.
I’ve also noticed an increase in the percentage of international members, outside of the U.S./Canada, in this past year. By participating in PSI and sharing your experiences, you amplify the work happening globally in strengthening the safety net for families. Thank you!
More about PSI membership is here.
--- Edith Casterline, Membership & CRM Manager
CLIMB OUT OF THE DARKNESS
Are you ready to help PSI spread awareness about Perinatal Mental Health in your community? Host or join a Climb Out Of The Darkness event near you.
How do I get involved?
NATIONAL PROVIDER DIRECTORY
The National Perinatal Mental Health Provider Directory is now available in the US and Canada. PMH Providers can apply to be part of the directory, at no charge. We have categories for healthcare providers, mental health professionals, support groups, and affiliated professions. Applicants are reviewed before approval, and need to meet the following criteria:
Our current goal is to collect a comprehensive list of providers and we will be sharing this resource publicly very soon! You can sign up on the directory HERE.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEWEST CERTIFIED PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (PMH-C)
Congratulations to the newest Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professionals (PMH-C)! The following PMH-C applicants became certified in March 2019. You can find the full list of PMH-C recipients HERE. To learn how to become a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional, visit our website.
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