Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Support the Mothers Act--Contact Your Senators

Monday we wrote about mothers with eating disorders. Today we are participating in BlogHer's Blog Day for the MOTHERS Act because we're all about taking action over here. Even if you're not a mom, you probably have one and you certainly know some, right? Take a few minutes and get on board.

Here's the background: The MOTHERS Act (Mom’s Opportunity to Access Help, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression) will ensure that new moms and their families are educated about postpartum depression, screened for symptoms, and provided with essential services. It will also increase research into the causes, diagnoses and treatments for postpartum depression.

Here's what you can do: Contact your senators today and tell them you support the MOTHERS Act. We will also be encouraging our senators to consider screening new moms for eating disorder symptoms, which can often be linked to depression.

Okay, go to it!

Related: New Moms and Moms-to-be are Depressed and Unhappy With Their Bodies

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Have Eating Disorders


Katherine Stone said...

Thank you so much for writing about Blog Day for the MOTHERS Act. I hear the phone lines were pretty busy today, so if your readers haven't had a chance to call or to get through yet, I hope you'll encourage them to do so before the end of the week. Every single call is important to all the new moms out there.

MGH Center for Women's Mental Health said...

Thanks for your support of the MOTHERS Act. Too often postpartum depression is a problem that goes unnoticed, and most women with PPD never receive any type of treatment. PPD is a treatable illness, and it is essential that we continue to educate ourselves and others about this important issue.

For more information on PPD, visit us at The MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.