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LOS ANGELES, CA - Long before working in perinatal mental health, I was a clinician working with trauma - but because therapists and clinicians aren't regularly trained in maternal mental health, I was completely unaware and unprepared for the wallop of postpartum PTSD following the emergency c-section of my first child. Unfortunately, none of my care providers had MMH training themselves, and it took a lot of tears and my own research to figure out that my experience wasn't 'just new motherhood' as my OB/GYN called it. Through my own journey, I understood how awful it can be for new parents who do speak up, who do reach out and aren't met with support. And my heart broke for those families who don't even have the language to explain their experience. I knew I had to shift my focus as a clinician because no parent deserves to suffer nor to be dismissed - emotional distress should not be linked to new parenthood. In my private practice, I see aspiring or new parents and offer them the kind of trained and educated support that wasn't available for my own transition to motherhood.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - I am a first generation South Asian female clinical psychologist. I believe in providing people with effective evidence-based treatments. I also believe in suicide prevention and intervention and helping educate and connect individuals at risk for MMH problems with resources that empower them to get the services they need. I really enjoy working with new moms because I believe it is family therapy and when you can help support pregnant women and mothers you are supporting the well being of an entire family!
Here are articles that caught Joy’s eye this month:
CBS News: 1 In 5 College Students So Stressed They Consider Suicide
College can be so stressful that many students think about killing themselves, and some even try, a new study suggests.
Among more than 67,000 students surveyed, over 20 percent said they experienced stressful events in the last year that were strongly associated with mental health problems, including harming themselves and suicidal thoughts or attempts, researchers found. (Reinberg, 9/10)
Read it here.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a draft recommendation addressing screening women at risk in order to provide counseling as preventive care: Perinatal Depression: Preventive Interventions. You might recall
Today, September 10 is International Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day, and it’s time to talk about maternal suicide including maternal suicide reporting in the U.S.
The World Health Organization, in response to the United Nations’ millennium development goals, prioritized maternal health and maternal mortality noting that maternal suicide is a leading cause of maternal death in developed countries.
BAY AREA, CA - I am a mom, wife, daughter, and sister. I grew up surrounded by strong, independent women who were able to find success (broadly defined) despite adversity. Through my work as a clinical psychologist I’ve heard and experienced countless stories of sacrifice. I am an Associate Professor at Palo Alto University where I am fortunate to work with students who are pursuing their PhD in clinical psychology. On any given day I am working on a number of things related to their training or to my professional development. Two current projects that are very meaningful to me in this role are 1) mentoring first generation college and doctoral level students, many of whom identify as women, people of color, or both; and 2)
I’m a wife, mother, friend, and leader. I’m very blessed, but I’ve had my share of difficult times, too. I’m moved to help people who need support and don’t have the resources they need.
ST LOUIS, MO - Meet John, a 2020 Mom Board Member, and learn why John is moved to be a part of change in maternal mental health.
My name is John Smith. (The adventures I can tell you about my namesake are legendary.) I'm pleased to be serving as a new board member for 2020 Mom.
We’re introducing a new type of blog post based on your requests - to share “Craveable Content” - a summary of what articles are catching our Founder and Executive Director Joy Burkhard’s eye.
Depression is a horrific illness that affects as many as 10% of Americans at any one time. Depression is a brain disease that can cause confusion and distortions in thinking, as well as interference with basic physiologic functions, including: sleep, energy, appetite, motor function and more.