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10/17/12 Public Education Event: The Impact of Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMDs) on Mothers and the Necessity for Community Response

Name of Event:  Public Education Event: The Impact of Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMDs) on Mothers and the Necessity for Community Response

Date/Time:       Wednesday, October 17, 5:30 -7:00 pm                              

Sponsoring Organization: Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention (BCSP)             

Place:  Brien Center First Floor Conference Room                              

             333 East Street, Pittsfield, MA

Contact: Valerie Welts, BCSP Member, vmwelts@verizon.net


Description of Event

The fourth event in the Public Education Series sponsored by the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention will take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Brien Center First Floor Conference Room, 333 East Street, Pittsfield, MA, with a brief reception for attendees at 5:15. The presenter of the evening’s talk will be Liz Friedman,Program Director of MotherWoman, Inc. and founder of the Postpartum Support Initiative. Discussion will follow her talk.

Postpartum depression is the leading complication of childbirth, with postpartum mood disorders (PMDs) impacting 10-20% of all mothers, and up to half of mothers in poverty.Perinatal mood disorders affect mothers' emotional and physical health as well as that of their children. "Although suicide is one of the leading causes of mortality for postpartum mothers in the baby’s first year of life, universal screening, education and treatment are not available to many mothers in Berkshire County," Friedman says. 

The Berkshire County Perinatal Support Coalition (BCPSC) is working to change that, using a model developed by the MotherWoman organization and currently being implemented in Hampshire and Franklin Counties. The Coalition is putting primary steps in place to ensure that mothers receive needed care and treatment. Ms. Friedman will also talk about Postpartum Depression (PPD) legislation in the state, and next steps for the PPD Commission.

All events in the Public Education Series are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Description of organization: The mission of the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention is to save lives. Together, we believe we can build resilience in our community, educate the public, and strengthen the response to community need. We are all volunteers from the health sector and law enforcement, educators and students, community organizers, social workers, mental health providers, policy makers, survivors of suicide loss, and concerned citizens.