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World Maternal Mental Health Day

An international task force met in late 2015 to start making plans for the first ever World Maternal Mental Health Day. The group decided that the event should be held each year on the first Wednesday of May, close to “Mother’s Day” and “Mental Health Week” in many countries. Before long the task force had grown to include representatives from around the globe, all with a common goal of increasing awareness of maternal mental health issues. The first World MMH Day will be May 4, 2016.


In many countries, as many as 1 in 5 new mothers experiences some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMADs). These illnesses frequently go unnoticed and untreated, often with tragic and long-term consequences to both mother and child.


Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options available to help women recover.


The goal of the task force is to increase awareness of maternal mental health issues that will ultimately increase resources to diagnose and treat PMADs. Another goal is to create more favorable laws for dealing with women who experience tragedies, such as infanticide, resulting from PMADs.


Increasing awareness will drive social change with a goal toward improving the quality of care for women experiencing all types of PMADs, and reducing the stigma of maternal mental illness.

HCUK Events of interest:

Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
Wednesday 4 May, Hallam Conference Centre, London


25 April 2016


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