Will A National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy Be An Issue In the Upcoming Federal Election?

You can bet CPMHC is doing its best to make sure the creation of a National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy makes it onto each political party’s platform for the upcoming federal election expected to be called this Sunday. Sadly, this means the Private Members’ Bill introduced in June to the House of Commons will die once the election is called. But don’t worry! We believe all our accomplishments to date have been pushing the needle forward and the need for a National Strategy is gaining much needed momentum at the federal level!

To that end, we’ve sent each party our Platform Proposal (see below) which outlines our Recommendation that the development of a National Strategy include consultation with representatives of provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous governing bodies and other relevant stakeholders including perinatal health care providers, perinatal mental health care specialists and researchers, representatives of advocacy organizations and individuals with lived experience.

Thank you to the individuals and organizations who have endorsed our Platform Proposal!

We are stronger together!

Organizations That Endorse The CPMHC Platform Proposal:

Infant and EarlyMental Health Promotion (IEMHP), Sick Kids Hospital

Pacific Post Partum Support Society

Women’s College Hospital

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

Canadian Association of Midwives

Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health

Women’s Health Research Cluster

Perinatal Mental Health Alliance Newfoundland & Labrador

University of Toronto

Daymark Foundation

Alliance québécoise pour la santé mentale périnatale

Doula Canada

Life With A Baby

Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute

K’Tigaaning Midwives, North Bay, ON

Partners for Children

Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings

Maternal Health Niagara

The Well Parents Centre

World Maternal Mental Health Day

Canadian Alliance for Maternal Mental Health

Lilium Health

Individuals That Support The CPMHC Platform Proposal:

Dr. Ariel Dalfen, MD, FRCP(CP), Psychiatrist, Perinatal Mental Health Program, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, PhD, FCAHS Professor in Nursing and Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Women’s Health Research Chair, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital; Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Dr. Christina DeRoche, PhD, Manager of Research, Canadore College, ON

Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, PhD, Registered Psychologist, Clinical Associate Professor, Director of the Perinatal Anxiety Research Lab, University of British Columbia

Dr. Liisa Galea, Ph.D., Professor, Health Research Advisor to VP Research, Lead Women’s Health Research Cluster, Scientific Advisor WHRI, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, Psychology, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Anne TM Konkle, PhD, Associate Professor/Professeure agrégée, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, École interdisciplinaire des sciences de la santé, University of Ottawa

Dr. Chaya Kulkarni, BAA, M.Ed, Ed.D, Director, Infant and Early Mental Health Promotion, SickKids Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

Melissa Maidment, RSW, Indigenous Perinatal Mental Health Worker, Chigamik Community Health Center, Midland, ON

Dr. Robert Meeder, Medical Director, Child and Youth Mental Health at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Pediatrician

Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa, PhD, C Psych, Clinical Director, Founder, Bay Psychology, North Bay, ON

Dr. Tuong Vi Nguyen, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry,  Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Christine Ou RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria

Dr. Jodi Pawluski, PhD, HDR, RPC-C, Canadian Professional Counselors Association, Neuroscientist/Therapist, University of Rennes 1, France, Associate Editor, Women’s Mental Health, Frontiers in Global Women’s Health

Dr. Vivian Polak, MD, FRCPC, BMedSc, HBA, Co-Founder of the Canadian Alliance for Maternal Mental Health, Co-Founder of World Maternal Mental Health Day, Perinatal Psychiatrist, Maternal Wellness Clinic, Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), McMaster University

Dr. Gail Erlick Robinson MD, FRCPC, CM, O.Ont, Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynaecology, University of Toronto, Co-Founder of the University of Toronto’s Women’s Mental Health Program

Dr. Leslie Roos, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Investigator, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba

Dr. Deirdre Ryan, MB, FRCPC, Psychiatrist, Medical Director, Reproductive Mental Health Program, BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Co-Founder of the Canadian Alliance for Maternal Mental Health

Dr. Daisy R. Singla, PhD, C. Psych, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute and the University of Toronto 

Dr. Lesley A. Tarasoff, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Health and Society, University of Toronto Scarborough, and Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Lead, Qualitative component of a NIH-funded project on the perinatal health of women with disabilities in Ontario

Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, Ph.D., R. Psych., Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education (ECPS), University of British Columbia

Dr. Danielle Watson, ND, Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, The Mother Doctor, ON


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