April 12, 2016

Global Events

World Maternal Mental Health Day

Wednesday, 1 May 2019




3rd edition of the Specialization Course in Perinatal Mental Health starting in February 2019. The registration is now open. For more information check the Sociedad Marce Internacional website.

1 May

Journée Mondiale de la Santé Mentale des Mères
On the occasion of World Maternal Mental Health Day, Les Toises Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Center invites Alain Gregoire (UK) , one of the major actors of the maternal mental health awareness movement, as well as Elise Marcende (Maman Blues France)a mother with lived experience, to a conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mobilisons-nous pour la santé mentale maternelle – hosted by Oguz Omay (Les Toises, Switzerland).
For more information visit Les Toises website.
Location: Switzerland

Paint Your Bump for Maternal Mental Health 2019
Our Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day was set up with the main aim being to dispel the myth that the transition to motherhood is effortless. We would like to implement Paint your Bump day to bring awareness and start a conversation about this hugely stigmatised area of Mental Health. We will be launching a campaign called Paint Your Bump on social media and having events around Ireland. We are asking women to paint their bumps and posting on social media with the hashtag #PYB2019 and #mmhmatters on May 1st 2019.
We are providing information and supports which are available to women in Ireland via the website and social media platforms of Facebook and Instagram.
Location: global

Perinatal Seminar Wellington
In conjunction with World Maternal Mental Health Day these seminars provide professional development for those supporting families affected by mental illness related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. When participants leave each seminar, they will better understand how these topics impact families and have strengthened their knowledge and skills to help improve perinatal outcomes.
For more information visit PADA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa or see this FB event.
Location: New Zealand

2 May

First perinatal mental health symposium hosted by Sidra Medicine in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corp and the Primary Health Care Corp. The event will serve as a platform to contribute to the development of a perinatal model of care sensitive to the social, cultural and geographical needs of Qatar. The symposium is open to healthcare providers interested in the mental health and wellbeing of pregnant and postpartum women, their infants and families, and to community members who may have experienced, or supported those experiencing challenges to their emotional wellbeing during this period.
Location: Quatar

4 May

We will organise an educational conference for maternal-infant professionals and community in order to increase awareness around maternal mental health.

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

8/9 May

Postpartum Support International – Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of care. This two-day course, taught by expert and engaging faculty, uses a thorough, evidence-based curriculum designed for psychiatrists, nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, and anyone interested in building skills for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. This is a unique and rare learning opportunity as it is the first time this course has been offered in Ontario. My hope is to have as many of you as possible trained as this helps bring the necessary training and knowledge to our community that is greatly needed to properly treat the women and men suffering in silence.

At the end of the 2-day training a certificate will be issued and CME credits. If the advanced training is completed, participants have the option of taking a certification exam (at a later date and for an additional cost).

Click here for more details and to register.
Location: Canada

10 May

PSI’s Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training: An advanced training for mental health and psychotherapy providers is available the day after the Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care training. It is an evidence-based curriculum designed for mental health and psychotherapy providers (who have previously completed at least 14 hours of perinatal mental health training, such as May 8-9 days).

Click here for more details and to register.
Location: Canada

17 May

The VIII Conference on Perinatal Mental Health is being organized by the Spanish Regional Group of International Marcé Society (MARES). It will include a workshop the day before the conference and the Annual Meeting of the Spanish Regional Group. Like the year before, we expect that it can be followed live via online streaming. For more information check the Sociedad Marce Internacional website.
Location: Spain

Global Maternal Mental Health Awareness weeks

29 April – 5 May

Third Maternal Mental Health Week in the United Kingdom – themed Mums Matter

We will be focusing on advocating for mums affected by Maternal MentalIllness, to access the information and help they require to support recovery.

We will be running themed days and each will have its own unique hashtag, adding to the global #maternalMHmatters hashtag

Monday 29th April
The focus of the first day of the campaign will be ‘What is Perinatal Mental Health’? We will provide an overview of the different strands of perinatal mental illness and will be running interactive Facebook Live sessions so individuals can be involved and ask questions. The hashtag for the day will be #pmhpwhatispmh

Tuesday 30th April
We will be focusing on what good support looks like. Support can be wide ranging from advice and help from health care professionals, medication, therapy and safe peer support to name a few. We will also encourage charities, local peer support groups and services to share their details on social media so families know what support is available across the UK. This could include details of the service, contact information, the areas they cover, information on safeguarding policies, training and supervision they have in place for staff and volunteers. The hashtag for the day will be #pmhpsupport

Wednesday 1st May
This is World Maternal Mental Health Day and the Partnership has been liasing with Postpartum Support International and member organisations to ensure we work collaboratively.
Our theme for the day will be ‘The Village’, focusing on how we work together to remove barriers to services so all mums who need services can access them. The Hashtag for the day will be #pmhpthevillage

Thursday 2nd May
We will focus on recovery- how this can begin and how it can look different for different people. With the  message of hope that recovery is possible. The Hashtag for the day will be #pmhprecovery

Friday 3rd May
To end the week, we will be encouraging the creation of a virtual ‘ Positivity Pot’ , publishing and sharing articles and blogs about recovery, looking ahead to the future and self care.
The Hashtag for the day will be #pmhppositivitypot

Following on from the success of the last two years, Rosey from PNDandMe will be running #PNDHOUR every night during the week at 8pm on Twitter. Details of subjects will be announced shortly.

Facebook Lives
As ever and due to their popularity, we will have a full series of interactive Facebook Live sessions focusing on maternal mental health. Details of these sessions will be released shortly and detailed in the press release.

What can you do to get involved ?
– Highlight what your organization/charity/support group does to support families affected by perinatal mental illness. Join in with the activities listed above.
– Use the #maternalmhmatters hashtag on social media when referring to the week and the daily specific hashtags if relating to the daily theme.
– Come up with your own ideas to highlight maternal mental health.
– Encourage people to follow the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership so they can keep up to date with the information provided during the week.

Do follow us on our social media channels for information and updates:
Facebook  – https://www.facebook.com/587696788088228
Twitter – @PMHPUK
Instagram – @perinatalmhpartnership

29 April – 3 May

Maternal Mental Health Week in Canada – to create awareness we will be holding our 2nd annual stroller walks across Simcoe Muskoka region.

World Maternal Mental Health awareness walks in North Simcoe Muskoka:

Moms & babies, family & friends are invited to participate in a stroller walk to discuss, promote, support and raise awareness for maternal mental health during World Maternal Mental Health Week. Join us for fun, prizes, booths, and speeches from you mayors and councillors. Our voices are stronger together. Come out and help us advocate for appropriate services to support the development of happy, healthy and resilient families. Wear BLUE to show your support.

Barrie – April 29th 10 am-12 pm – Join via this FB event
Midland – April 30th  10 am-12 pm – Join via this FB event
Collingwood – May 1st  10 am-12 pm – Join via this FB event
Orillia – May 2nd  10 am-12pm – Join via this FB event
Gravenhurst/Bracebridge (TBD) – May 3rd  10-12 – Join via this FB event

For more details please contact Jaime Charlebois at 705-325-2201 ext 3544 or via email
Location: Canada

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