SUICIDE AND OVERDOSE: THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR NEW MOTHERS

Webinar was held on September 7, 2022 from 2-3pm ET

EVENT DESCRIPTION

The goal of this event was to raise awareness and share data about suicide and overdose as the leading cause of death for women and birthing people in the first year following pregnancy.  Speakers shared information about federal investments in maternal and mental health and offered recommendations to improve support for new mothers and birthing people in the postpartum period who are at risk of suicide.

AUDIENCE

Federal, state, and local policy and advocacy organizations focused on maternal and/or mental health; Congressional staffers; maternal and mental health providers; peer support specialists and individuals with lived experience.

PARTNERS

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • American Psychological Association
  • Mental Health America
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • 2020 Mom

FACTS ABOUT MATERNAL SUICIDE

  • According to data from Maternal Mortality and Review Committees across the country, suicide and overdose combined are the leading cause of death for women and birthing people in the United States.
  • 100% of these deaths have been deemed preventable.
  • The peak incidence of suicide is 6-9 months postpartum.
  • The majority of women who die by suicide do not attend a postpartum obstetric visit. However, the majority visit an emergency department within 1 month of ending their lives.

Speakers

Jameta Nicole Barlow, PhD, MPH

Community Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Writing

The George Washington University

Adrienne Griffen, MPP

Executive Director

Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance

Rachel Pryor, JD, MSW

Counselor for Health Policy

Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Caryn Marks, MPP

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Office of the Secretary

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Karen Sheffield-Abdullah,
PhD, RN, CNM

Assistant Professor of Nursing

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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