Thursday, February 7, 2013

Presentation on Maternal Mental Health makes HUGE impact at the Georgia Capitol

Thanks to everyone who has promoted and supported Maternal Mental Health Week in Georgia, which isn't over yet!

This photo was taken after the presentation to the Health and Human Services Committee by Sarah Schwartz, Executive Director of Mental Health America of GA and PPD Survivor. MHA's Project Healthy Moms is one of the only state-wide resources for maternal mental health in Georgia.  

At the presentation, many survivors and supporters wore green sashes to show our commitment to the cause of maternal mental health. Our presence said "I am a survivor. I stand for awareness, education, and support of mothers. Maternal Mental Health is important to EVERYONE in this state and in the world."  I am proud to have been there in person to put a face to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

Sarah's presentation and the energy generated by the folks in the room was already powerful, but even more so for me was the number of Health and Human Services Committee members (who are Representatives in the Georgia House for various districts) who came up to us afterwards to offer support, business cards, and offers to help promote awareness.  One Representative even said, "I teared up during your was so moving.  I had Postpartum OCD."

With your help, we can continue to raise aware and grow these efforts towards education, prevention, and treatment of PMADs for every single woman in the state of Georgia and beyond.

~Special thanks to all who made this week possible...Governor Nathan Deal, Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Rep. Sharon Cooper, Marian Kelly (who donated the fabric and sewed our sashes), the staff at MHA, the volunteers who came to put a face to the illness and those who treat it, and all of you for spreading the word!!!

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