CPMHC Co-Founder, Patricia is interviewed by Host Kelly Cutrara on AM640 Radio following the defeat of Maternal Mental Health Bill 176 brought forward by Ontario MPP Bhutila Karpoche:
CPMHC Co-Founders Jaime & Patricia were invited to present at the Women’s Brain Health Conference organized by the Women’s Health Research Cluster of the University of British Columbia. https://womenshealthresearch.ubc.ca/womens-brain-health-virtual-conference-series Their talk was titled, “Moms on a Mission: Getting government to enact a National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy through the power of media and advocacy.”
🎙Thank you Amanda Gurman for having us on your amazing Honest As A Mother podcast! Listen as co-founders Jaime and Patricia talk about the work our phenomenal committees are doing to move closer towards a national perinatal mental health strategy. 💚💙 We share a bit about how we met and our own perinatal stories too.
Watch CPMHC National Committee member @ltomfohr present to the Canadian Parliamentary Health Research Caucus on her work on pregnancy & the pandemic & the CPMHC! 👏🏽💚💙Begins at 9:00 👉🏽 youtu.be/ektvHh9oPEA
“I work with an organization called the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative. We knew before this that women weren’t getting screened and weren’t getting access to timely care. This is much worse now and we need to build our systems back better. We have an opportunity to look at things like telehealth so that people are getting access to timely, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based mental health care.” Read more: https://cpmhc.ca/2020/11/19/cpmhc-national-committee-member-presents-to-canadian-parliamentary-health-research-caucus/
“There is no question in my mind that we need to a national strategy to support perinatal mental health for new families, much like we need a worldwide strategy to combat negative repercussions from the pandemic and the public health measures put in place to control the pandemic. But together, I have complete confidence we can do it. It’s disappointing that the House of Commons didn’t take up the call to develop and implement a national strategy for perinatal mental health. But I belong to a group called the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative and we are not going to let this set back stop us. We, and our formidable founders, Jaime Charlebois and Patricia Tomasi, are determined to continue to advocate for and promote the health of new families in Canada.”
Thanks goes out to U of C psychology associate professor Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen and CPMHC National Committee member for continuing to spread our message 👇🏽
“The new study underlines the need for Canada to adopt a national strategy for perinatal mental health to support women in the period before and after they give birth, Tomfohr-Madsen said. Much like existing strategies in Great Britain or Australia, she says it would introduce universal mental health screening for pregnant women and more timely access to treatment.”
“The time is now for the development of a national perinatal and family mental health strategy.”
👉🎙The CPMHC did six separate live interviews for CBC radio on World Maternal Mental Health Day, May 6th, 2020 including Metro Morning in Toronto, Ontario Morning in Barrie, Peterborough, and Kingston, The Morning Edition in Kitchener, Superior Morning in Thunder Bay, Morning North in Sudbury, and London Morning! Take a listen to our Ontario Morning interview with Wei Chen:
Listen to SFP 015 | On Perinatal Mental Health – How Depression and Anxiety Can Steal Away The Joy of Motherhood; How Fathers Also Struggle With Mental Health in The Perinatal Period; And How Perinatal Mental Health Is About So Much More Than Postpartum Depression from Smart Family Podcast on Apple Podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/smart-family-podcast/id1497316466#episodeGuid=7d21411f-596d-4fed-b8c4-95bb97ba7ddf
Here are community events the CPMHC has participated in to connect with others and raise awareness of our mission:
An Evening of Love & Laughter in support of Royal Victoria Hospital Mental Health & Addictions Program
The CPMHC was provided a table to display information on our organization at this well-attended event in Barrie, Ontario.
Fourth Trimester Group Talk, Serenity Birth Studio
The CPMHC speaks regularly to the fourth trimester mom and baby group about perinatal mental health.
Barrie Women’s Show
The Women’s Village, Barrie, ON
The CPMHC participated in the first community gathering of the Barrie Women’s Village along with fellow advocates and community partners.