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MMHLA’s Executive Director Adrienne Griffen was featured in this article about suicidal thoughts during pregnancy.

“Not receiving proper help and care for mental health conditions can be particularly dangerous for people who are pregnant or have recently given birth,” said Adrienne Griffen, executive director of the Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance. Suicide is the leading cause of maternal mortality in the United States, according to a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The study also found that the risk of death by suicide is higher for Black, low-income and young people who are pregnant and postpartum.

Stressors can then feel “amplified,” she said. For Meghan and Harry, who detailed various challenges they faced as members of the royal family in Sunday’s interview, it was “sort of a perfect storm,” Griffen said.

“I just can’t imagine the stress that they were both under,” she said, “and being told, ‘Sorry, we can’t help you,’ is just like a dagger to the heart.”