Share Your Story
In honor of Maternal Mental Health (MMH) Awareness Month, and in partnership with our sister non-profit Postpartum Support International, we're launching the MMH Story Bank.
A powerful result of the MMH Week social media campaign was the outpouring of stories of MMH struggles that came in. We know women need to be heard and share their stories; that this can be healing. We also know we are in an incredible position to use these stories to fuel change with the media and policy makers.
If you or someone you know struggled with an MMH disorder and would like to share a #MyMMHStory in our database (a.k.a. story bank) please do so here. Please share this opportunity widely.
Become a 2020 Mom Ambassador, Pledge to do Two of the activities.
And join our closed community of do-gooders on Facebook to inspire and support each other in completing projects noted below. Together we can improve MMH awareness and outcomes.
Once you do two you'll earn your Ambassador badge to proudly display on social media profiles and/or website.
Yearly Ambassador Badges are distributed twice a year, in April & October. Those who have completed qualifying activities by March 31 will receive their badge by the first week in April, and those who've completed their qualifying activities by September 30 will receive their badges the first week in October.
Congratulations to the Spring class of 2019 Ambassadors who have earned their badges!
Meet our 2018 Ambassadors of the Year
Congratulations to our husband and wife team, Ed and Millie Pagett, our 2018 Ambassadors of the year.
Ed and Millie were selected by the 2020 Mom board of directors for this honor, because of their tireless work supporting 2020 Mom in our effort to close the gaps in maternal mental health care. They do this work in honor of their daughter Charlene and grandson Shane who lost their lives in 2016 to an undiagnosed and untreated maternal mental health disorder. Read more about one of Millie's and Ed's numerous trips to DC and the CA state capitol to advocate for change, here.
Learn about the other 2018 finalists here.
View names of Ambassadors in past classes here.
Engage in Advocacy
Attend the federal MMH Mom Congress in Washington, DC
– May 5, 6 & 7, 2019.
Join fellow moms, supporters and providers advocating for change in maternity and mental health care for training, community building and legislative advocacy. Receive credit for 2 Ambassador activities, and earn your badge after attending. LEARN MORE HERE.
City, County or State MMH Month Proclamations
1. Find your local or state elected officials:
For a village/city proclamation, determine who is your Selectman, Alderman, County Commissioner or City Councilor. This can be done by visiting your city or town’s website or contacting the city or town clerk's office and telling them where you live and asking who represents you. Ask the clerk for the best way to contact your elected official. Some elected official's websites will have a link specifically to request proclamations.
For a state proclamation, visit your state’s website or contact the governor's office and ask who should be contacted to request a state proclamation.
2. Download the template and edit all the RED text areas in both the cover letter AND the 2nd page with proclamation wording with the information appropriate for your local official & area.
You can find the number of births in past years from your state, city or county vital records. Check your local/state department of public health and look for birth statistics, and use the latest stats you can find.
Make sure that you change all the text back to black after you have edited it.
3. Send the proclamation request to your elected official(s) via email or US Postal Mail.
4. If there is an opportunity for you to go to your local public official's meeting to obtain the proclamation and you are comfortable doing so, please do and make sure someone can get a photo of you with your local community leader who confirmed the proclamation, you may be offered a chance to speak briefly at that meeting. Please let us know if this is the case and we are happy guide you through this.
Thank your elected official(s) & community for their part in advocating for Maternal Mental Health!
5. Take a picture of the official proclamation and email it to Stacey@2020mom.org along with the name of your elected official(s) who helped get it named so we can acknowledge.
Have a Legislative Meeting
Meet with your state or federal elected official to tell your story and share whether your community is doing enough to address maternal mental health.
Don't worry, we connect you with other Ambassadors and provide support.
Host a Gathering
Host a Screening of a maternal mental health documentary.
Invite at least 3 friends, family members, co-workers or neighbors over to watch a documentary and have a conversation about maternal mental health.
Return to Zero: A true story of love, loss, and hope
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. Consider having a community screening of the Return to Zero film. It's a great way to build a community of both bereaved parents and health providers.
If you are interested and need images for a poster or any ideas/support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When the Bough Breaks: A Documentary about Postpartum Depression (Available on NetFlix & iTunes)
The Dark Side of the Full Moon
Lead a discussion with a maternal mental health expert and share 2020 Mom's pathway to change.
- Though there are several documentaries on maternal mental health disorders, the only documentary currently available to the U.S. public via purchase or "Tugg" screening is The Dark Side of the Full Moon. Learn more about showing the film here: http://www.darksideofthefullmoon.com/rentitnow/
Some suggested starter questions:
What did you feel?
What did you learn?
What surprised you the most?
What resonated with you most?
Could this have been someone you know and do you think you would you have been able to tell if they were suffering? Why or why not?
Host a Webcast
Host a webcast of 2020 Mom's annual forum in February with at least one local agency/non-profit.
Donate on #GivingTuesday, December 3, 2019
Give $150 or more and receive credit of 1 Ambassador activity.
Our Mason Jars for Moms event has two ways to participate.
The first is to help 2020 Mom fill their Virtual Mason Jar by making a donation.
The second way is to use a Mason Jar of your own to collect “spare” change. You can get your family and community involved by asking others to help fill the jar.
Host a Fundraiser of Your Choice
Earn $300 or more for 2020 Mom. You can raise money anyway you see fit. The simplest way is to join a ColorWalk walking team in your community (even if you can't walk), or the main annual walk in Los Angeles, and send out e-mails to your family and friends telling them why you believe in 2020 Mom and would love their support of this important organization.
Here are some more ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Consider a documentary viewing at your home, with cocktails for our cause.
Partner with a local restaurant to host brews and a local reproductive psychiatrist and legislator to speak about women's health.
Form a Motherhood ColorWalk Team
Form a ColorWalk team to raise awareness and a minimum of $300 for MMH and 2020 Mom's efforts. Walks take place around the nation. Team Leads receive credit for 2 Ambassador activities, and earn their badge after completing the walk. LEARN MORE HERE.
Out in the Community
Grab some girlfriends and spend 2-3 hours hanging posters like this one and/or distributing awareness materials in your community. Check out the available materials HERE.
Speak about MMH in your community or even at state or national levels on the range of disorders, prevalence, barriers to care and the 2020 Mom pathway forward. To be eligible you must have received at least 6 hours of certificate based training in maternal mental health, use a powerpoint deck provided by or approved by 2020 Mom and have presented to a 2020 Mom team and adopted feedback provided into your presentation. Email Stacey@2020mom.org to learn more. This activity counts as two 2020 Mom Ambassador Projects.
Local Initiatives & Partnerships
Engage your Hospital to Inspire Change
Engage your hospital staff to inspire change. Start by asking for a short meeting with the Labor and Delivery manager to inform her of free training and resources available to her and her staff.
See attached hospital engagement overview for more information.
Host a Stakeholder Meeting
Join with at least one local agency to hold a multiple stakeholder meeting, presenting an overview of MMH (if you are a Speaking Ambassador) or have a clinician trained in MMH present the overview. Work with your community to create 2-3 evidenced based action steps by using tools created by 2020 Mom, including a template invitation, powerpoint and more. Email Stacey@2020mom.org to learn more. This activity counts as two 2020 Mom Ambassador Projects.
MMH Passion Project
Do it your way! Make it personal.
Have a way to make a difference in MMH in your community?
Contact Stacey@2020mom.org to talk about your idea and how it may work with our Ambassador program.