Mental Health for All!
Mental Health Week is May 6 - 12. Take an active opportunity to educate yourself on the importance of mental health! Click here for more Mental Health Week information!
Check out the positive initiatives that are happening in Saskatchewan to improve Maternal Mental Health!
Did you know that one in five Saskatchewan women will suffer with Postpartum Depression annually? In 2009, the Saskatchewan Maternal Mental Health Working Group was formed and together they created the MotherFirst Report which includes the following four recommendations, increased education, screening of pregnant and postpartum mothers using the Edinburgh Postnatal Scale, ensuring mothers are a priority within Mental Health Services and ensuring that Maternal Mental Health remains a priority in Saskatchewan.
Presently, each health region in Saskatchewan has a committee created to account for all four recommendations being implemented. The Five Hills Health Region committee consists of FHHR staff and community volunteers who are passionate in bringing this awareness and support forward. They are: Sherri Buhler, Krista Bakke, Rona Hadley Cole, Carla O’Reilly, Erin Ortlund and Joanne Salidio.
We also have a PPD support group (facilitated by Robin Macfarlane) which meets weekly at the YMCA Strong Start Family Centre. See poster for details! For more valuable information on PPD education, visit www.skmaternalmentalhealth.ca or www.thesmilingmask.com.