SUICIDE AND OVERDOSE: THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR NEW MOTHERS
Webinar was held on September 7, 2022 from 2-3pm ET
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.
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.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Psychological Association
Mental Health America
National Alliance on Mental Illness
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.
Jameta Nicole Barlow, PhD, MPH
Community Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Writing
The George Washington University
Adrienne Griffen, MPP
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