Fall Education & Training For Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

postpartum depression trainingThe Postpartum Resource Center of New York will also host a 2-day training, PSI’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care, at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks NY, this November 14-15. To attend or learn more, click here. PSI is also holding its 2-day trainings at the following locations in the next couple of months (click here to learn more):

  • August 29-30, Winfield, IL
  • September 10-11, Missoula, MT
  • September 23-24, Tain L’Hermitage, France
  • October 17-18, Fresno, CA
  • October 24-25, Grand Rapids, MI

The “We Can’t Wait” Early Childhood Mental Health Conference will be held in San Diego on September 27 and 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event will feature a session on peripartum mental health with Katie Hirst, MD and Gretchen Mallios, LCSW, from the Postpartum Health Alliance of San Diego. For more information, click the link above.

The Marce Society is holding a Perinatal Mental Health Meeting in Chicago on November 6-8. It is entitled “Optimizing Maternal Treatment to Improve Infant Outcomes” and is sponsored by the Asher Center for Research and Treatment of Depressive Disorders at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, the Marce Society and NASPOG, and is aimed at healthcare providers. Continuing education credits are available. To register, click here.

ALSO, FYI, this week the Postpartum Resource Center of New York will host its 3rd annual Summer Gala. The event is Thursday, August 15th, at Captain Bill’s Restaurant in Bay Shore, NY from 6:30 – 10:30m.  A special treat this year will be a guest appearance by Ciaran Sheehan, star of Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.”  Help support the great work of the PRC of NY helping moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders throughout New York by purchasing a ticket and joining in the silent auction. Tickets are available here.

A Warrior Mom In the Olympics & More PPD News You Can Use

Lashinda DemusJust back from a much-needed vacation and want to catch you up on the latest news from the world of postpartum depression:

  • A small study has found that women with postpartum depression have higher levels of a chemical called glutamate in their brains. What’s interesting about this is that people with major depression, not PPD, tend to have lower levels of glutamate in their brains. This may indicate that PPD is very different from major depression. For more on this, read the story from WebMD.
  • If you’re getting excited for the Olympics, let me give you one more reason: One of the athletes is a Warrior Mom. Lashinda Demus, who will compete in the 400m hurdles for the US Olympic team, is a postpartum depression survivor. Go Lashinda!!!!!!
  • If you didn’t see it, earlier this week AOL promoted a video to help raise postpartum depression awareness featuring yours truly. Their You’ve Got videos generally reach around 1 million people, so I’m very excited to think about how many more women may have been reached with the message that PPD is temporary and treatable with professional help. Watch it here. [Read more…]

Upcoming Maternal Mental Health Events

Dates and things …

The Wade Bowen Classic Concert and Golf Tournament to benefit Postpartum Support International is this weekend in Waco, TX. To buy tickets, click here.

ALSO, the Junior Leagues of California and the LA County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force remind us that May is Perinatal Depression Awareness Month in California!

Suffolk County, NY, will be hosting its 2nd Annual Event for Perinatal Mood Disorders Awareness Month on May 17th from 5-8pm. It will be held in conjunction with the Postpartum Resource Center of New York at the Suffolk County Executive Offices in Hauppage. To RSVP, call the Suffolk County Office of Women's Services at 631-853-8284.

Sara Binkley-Tow at Moms Bloom in Michigan tells me that theMichigan Senate adopted Resolution No. 47 – "A Resolution to Declare May 2011 as Postpartum Depression Awareness Month in the State of Michigan." Way to go, Michigan. If you're in or near Grand Rapids, a reminder that Moms Bloom is hosting a fundraiser on May 25th. (Plus, can I just say that their new website is SO CUTE! Love it!)

On Thursday, June 9th, I (Katherine) will be speaking about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders at CETPA in Atlanta (Norcross) on behalf of MHA of Georgia's Project Health Moms. CETPA is an organization that addresses the mental health of the very large Latino community in Georgia. The event begins at 11:30am.

I'm also excited to be speaking at the New Jersey Postpartum Depression Conference on June 15 in Edison, NJ. For more information, contactMichelle atmchowanec@hudsonperinatal.orgor at 201-876-8900

Two NY Events Will Raise Awareness of Postpartum Depression

The Suffolk County (New York) Office of Women's Services will host "Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression: More Than Just the Baby Blues" on Tuesday, May 4th from 5 to 8pm at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Haupauge. One of the featured speakers is Carol Blocker, mother of the late Melanie Blocker Stokes for whom the MOTHERS Act was named. The event is presented in partnership with the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, the Suffolk County Women's Advisory Commission and the Suffolk Perinatal Coalition. To register to attend this free event, email womens.services@suffolkcountyny.govor call 631-853-8284.

Also in New York, Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, will be hosting its 3rd Annual 5k run/walk/stroller walk event on Saturday, May 22nd at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, New York. This event raises funds to support the programs of the PRCNY. To register for this sanctioned 5k, visit the Sounds of Silence website.