The Maternal Mental Health Walk™ launches nationally in 2017 to raise funds and awareness for maternal mental health disorders, which include depression, multiple forms of anxiety and the more rare postpartum psychosis.
To bring the message of maternal mental health to child bearing age women and families, Maternal Mental Health Walks™ are held throughout the country at March of Dimes (MOD) walk locations, with the support of the March of Dimes national office.
Join us to heal together, laugh together, and make a difference together.
History In 2016, 2020 Mom, host of the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH), formed a walking team in our home town, Los Angeles. We did this to raise awareness at the MOD walk. We figured it was the perfect place to meet at-risk families and share information, all while getting some sunshine, exercise, and connecting with each other (things that keep our family healthy too!). With a local sister non-profit, Maternal Mental Health Now, we passed out blue dot balloons to families with young children. The balloons included informational palm-sized cards tied to them which could be removed and saved.
Why March of Dimes Walk Sites? Untreated depression and anxiety during pregnancy is a leading cause of preterm birth. In addition, women who delivery preterm and/or have a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are at higher risk for MMH disorders.
Awareness Materials To raise awareness, teams have the opportunity to pass out stroller posters or balloons and palm-sized awareness cards and order MMH Walk t-shirts. Awareness materials will center around the blue dot, the international symbol of MMH awareness.
Who Should Attend? This walk is for survivors, families, supporters, and health care providers. Bring your kids and friends and join us to walk together, heal together, laugh together, and make a difference together.
Where Does the Money Go?
Teams formed by a local non-profit organization addressing MMH:
70% to Non-profit organization
25% to 2020 Mom*
5% to MOD
Teams not affiliated with a local MMH non-profit organization:
95% to 2020 Mom*
5% to MOD
Team Leads Want to become a Team Leader? Download the Team Lead Checklist to learn tips and tricks and gain access to the walk awareness materials. The Team Leader who raises the most money will have an all expenses paid trip to attend 2020 Mom's Annual Emerging Considerations in Maternal Mental Health Forum - February 9, 2018, Los Angeles, CA.
Find a Team
Austin, TX, May 13: Mary Harris
Charlotte, NC, April 29: Center for Family and Maternal Wellness
Los Angeles, CA, April 29: 2020 Mom (Kiley Hanish)
Miami, FL, April 29: Maureen Fura
New York City, NY, April 30: Sara Reed
New Haven, CT, May 7 Bridget Hutchens
Newport Beach, CA, April 30: Denise Vite
Norman, OK, April 29: Balance Women's Health
Orlando, FL, April 29: Shari-Ann James
Plainfield, IL, May 7: Stacey Porter
Plymouth, MA, June 17: Tonia Zarrella
Sacramento, CA, April 29: Insights Counseling Group
Terre Haute, IN, June 24: Shalynne Addison
Thousand Oaks, CA, April 29: 2020 Mom (Joy Burkhard)
Have Questions? E-mail stacey@2020Mom.org for more information.