The CPMHC would like to wish everyone a peaceful holiday season. Our hearts are with Flora’s family and baby Amber who turned one recently.
Together, with your support, we’ve made great strides in 2022 and we look forward to more wins for perinatal mental health in 2023. We couldn’t have imagined all the progress we would make in such a short period of time since we started the CPMHC back in the fall of 2019. We have you and your passion to thank for making our elected leaders care about perinatal mental health.
Now it’s time for action.
Here are some key highlights of what we achieved together in 2022:
– Meeting in person with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his office on Parliament Hill where the PM honoured World Maternal Mental Health Day and promised to enact “timely access to perinatal mental health services” as indicated on his mandate letter to Minister of Mental Health & Addictions, Carolyn Bennett.
– Statement by Minister Bennett and the Public Health Agency of Canada Health on World Maternal Mental Health Day and speech by Minister Bennett at our first annual Flora’s Walk in Ottawa along with MPs Pam Damoff, Heather McPherson, and Don Davies.
– Flora’s Walk which saw thousands of people participate in 20 walks across Canada raising over $75,000 for perinatal mental health care.
– Invitation to participate in Minister Bennett’s Stakeholder Roundtable on perinatal mental health.
– Publication of our first study in Frontiers in Psychiatry that showed 87% of health care providers did not workplace mandated screening for perinatal mental health care: bit.ly/3WbD6Xc
– Launch of #ItsNotOK campaign after Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends against perinatal mental health screening.
– Publication of response to Canadian Task Force Recommendation in Canadian Medical Association Journal led by CPMHC and endorsed by 60 partners: bit.ly/3BMOFvP
– Recruitment of CPMHC’s first Board of Directors.
– National media appearances and interviews including CTV Your Morning, CTV Montreal, CBC Ottawa Morning, Global News Toronto Morning Show, Ottawa Citizen, Winnipeg Free Press, Toronto Sun, CityNews Vancouver, Hill Times, CP24 Live, Global BC, Global Saskatoon, CBC Manitoba and more.
We spent the summer and fall working extremely hard on a strategic plan for the future of CPMHC which we can’t wait to share with you along with plans for an even bigger 2nd annual Flora’s Walk in May 2023 where we hope to see action on a national strategy.
Patricia & Jaime