April 12, 2016

Global Events

 World Maternal Mental Health Day

Wednesday, 2 May 2018



May 1

Begin Before Birth Symposium – Canada

Join the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health / McGill University in Montreal, Canada for World Maternal Mental Health Day to discuss perinatal mental health: from molecules to mothering and beyond. Registration, program and expert panelists on the Ludmer website.

MMHM initiative lead: Ludmer Centre Research Dr Kieran O’Donnell. More information on the Symposium poster.

May 2

First World Maternal Mental Health Day in Quatar

Sidra Women’s Mental Health Team along with the Health Promoters team jave organized a number of activities to demonstrate how we at Sidra Medicine can support women with mental health concerns. We invite you to attend our event on 2nd May 2018 at the Sidra Hospital Auditorium from 1.30pm to 3.00pm to learn more about maternal mental illness and what our team are doing to help and support our women.

Walk & Talk for World Maternal Mental Health Day – Milton Community, Canada

Milton Community Resource Centre invites you to join us for a Walk & Talk for Maternal Mental Health Day. We will walk / stroller around Milton’s Mill Pond as we celebrate motherhood and talk about the importance of taking care of yourself, while increasing awareness of maternal mental health. We will have door prizes, giveaways and resources available. Hosted in partnership with the Halton Perinatal Mood Disorder Coalition, MCRC and The Mindful Living Centre. Wednesday May 2nd 10-11 am, Mill Pond. Meet at the Rotary Park Pavilion on Garden Lane and find more information on the Milton Community website.

MMHday Arizona – USA

The state of Arizona has proclaimed May 2 at Maternal Mental Health Day. Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona will honor this day with a celebration to inform, support and honor Arizona moms and families. More information on Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona Facebook page.

May 3

Centre Hospitalier Charles Perrens – Bordeaux, France

We are participating for the 3rd year. Every year, we have more events. This year we will have a whole day May 3rd in our psychiatric Hospital and at the Bordeaux University maternity and midwives school. Some of the activities include body awakening workshop with a midwife and psychomotor therapist, a prenatal singing workshop at the midwives school and a périnatal psychiatric intervention about the ELFE cohort study by Dr Anne-Laure Sutter. The hospital will tweet and inform the press. Find more information on the poster and the programme.

May 5

Maternal Mental Health Picnic – Kenya

Mothers, dads and mental healthcare workers meet and greet at a park. Topic – Maternal Mental Health Education & Screening for expectant and new moms/dads Date: 5th May 2018 Time: 12 pm to 2pm Venue: Karura Forest , Nairobi Kenya.

This event will encourage moms and dads to share their parenting struggles – emotional and mental struggles and offer an opportunity for mental health workers to educate them on risk factors for PMADs and the help available for them. Check our Facebook page or website for more information.

May 6

Maternal Mental Health Conference – Nigeria

World Maternal Mental Health Day Conference, themed ‘Looking beyond the Stigma’, seeks to draw attention to important mental health challenges that women face during pregnancy and after childbirth. 1 in 5 women will suffer postpartum depression and this event seeks to raise awareness about this condition and how women can get help.

The event will feature moms sharing real-life experiences on how they overcame PPD. It will also feature a panel discussion by experts on what more can be done to improve access to maternal mental health care. For more information follow Postpartum Support Network‘s Facebook page.

Global Maternal Mental Health Awareness weeks

(Monday, April 30 – Sunday, May 6) 

United Kingdom

This year’s theme is ‘Support For All’ with a focus on advocating for all families affected by Perinatal Mental Illness, to access the information and help they require to enable recovery. The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (PMHP) is planning to run themed days on social media, each will have its own unique hashtag, which will be paired with other exciting events which you can access on their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter 

United States of America

TheBlueDotProject will host this year’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week in the U.S. and will have the theme #RealMotherhood #NoShame with the goal of taking apart the myths of motherhood that keep women judging themselves through an unrealistic lens. The campaign will work to dismantle some of our most inaccurate beliefs about motherhood that keep many women suffering in silence from an MMH disorder. MMH Week will host a 5-Day #RealMotherhood Challenge that will ask mothers everywhere to get real about motherhood by posting a picture or status post of #RealMotherhood moments from their lives each day. There will also be daily social media messages and images released throughout the week.
To learn more visit their website or follow them on Twitter @thebluedotprj on Instagram or on Facebook


Help promote World Maternal Mental Health Week April 30-May 4th 2018 by joining one of five Maternal Mental Health Stroller Walks in cities throughout North Simcoe Muskoka. Together with community agencies, advocates and families, we have planned a full week of activities with walks, information booths, refreshments, guest speakers and prizes. Together we can make an impact and bring awareness to maternal mental health issues #maternalMHmatters

Please like and share the links – help spread the word. Check out all the World Maternal Mental Health Week 2018 Stroller Walks in our region:
Collingwood event | Midland event |Barrie event | Orillia event | Alliston event

#ShoutieSelfie – Global

Help raise awareness and reduce the stigma of Post-Natal Depression and other maternal mental health issues this Maternal Mental Health week by posting a #ShoutieSelfie to show you support those who have, or are currently struggling with this awful disease. Take a quick selfie of you shouting, and post it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (or why not all three!) with #ShoutieSelfie and @MummyLinksApp to be part of the “Hall of Fame” on/after 30th April showing your support for anyone who has or is suffering. Feel free to add your personal experience, or why you are supporting the campaign.

Emily from MummyLinks will be kicking off the campaign first thing on the 30th April – you can copy her message or add your own! She ran the campaign for the first time last year (having finally recovered from 2 years of PND) and got #maternalMHmatters trending within half hour of launching and 1 million impressions! This year she has arranged for many celebs, organisations and charities to get involved, so please support this great campaign! Follow her to see the campaign unfold on the 30th and across the week! She is on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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