Raising Awareness

MMHLA is committed to raising awareness about maternal mental health (MMH) conditions to reduce stigma and improve outcomes for mothers and babies.

The list at right is not meant to be all-inclusive but rather a starting place for finding efforts and materials aimed at raising awareness about MMH conditions.

The Blue Dot is the national symbol for maternal mental health.  The Blue Dot Project leads a social media campaign each May to raise awareness and reduce stigma about maternal mental health issues; features stories about survivor-ship, support, and solidarity; and provides infographics, clothing, and accessories featuring the iconic Blue Dot.

www.thebluedotproject.org

Scores of books about maternal mental health issues are available; most have been written since 2000.

Below is a sample of campaigns aimed at raising awareness about maternal mental health challenges.

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Building Consensus

MMHLA convenes and works with national-level stakeholders to align priorities and address maternal mental health (MMH) issues with a coordinated, comprehensive approach.

In May 2109, MMHLA hosted a Roundtable Discussion for national stakeholders in maternal mental health to discuss current efforts to address these illnesses, identify commonalities and overlaps, and create a roadmap for addressing these illnesses with a coordinated, comprehensive approach.  Stakeholders participating in the Roundtable Discussion include maternal-child healthcare providers, mental health providers, and birth and postpartum professionals from the government, nonprofit, and private sectors.

In May 2020, MMHLA hosted a Virtual Congressional Briefing on Maternal Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The briefing — held in partnership with the March of Dimes — was attended by over 400 individuals working in practice and policy.  MMHLA laid out specific policy proposals including advocating for additional federal funding for state programs address maternal mental health and including women who are pregnant or breastfeeding in COVID-19 research and testing.

Sharing Best Practices

MMHLA is committed to identifying and sharing information about successful programs and policies that help women recover from maternal mental health (MMH) conditions.

The list at right is not meant to be all-inclusive but rather a starting place for finding individuals and programs setting the standard for addressing MMH conditions.

Get the facts about maternal mental health (MMH) conditions, including signs and symptoms, risk factors, and interventions for recovery.

Get the Facts

MMHLA creates collaboration and connections to address maternal mental health (MMH) issues with a coordinated and comprehensive approach.

Learn More

If you or someone you know is experiencing a maternal mental health (MMH) condition, know that you are not alone. Here’s where to find help.

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