Meet the Co-Founders

Jaime Charlebois, Regional Perinatal Mood Disorder Coordinator, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Ontario

Jaime Charlebois is the Regional Perinatal Mood Disorder Coordinator throughout North Simcoe Muskoka, working out of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. She is also a Regional Volunteer Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Perinatal Nursing Certification from the Canadian Nurses Association. Jaime’s work experience includes 18 years of clinical nursing, 7 years of teaching and simulation, and 5 years in clinical leadership positions. She has collaborated at the local, provincial, and national level with multiple organizations and committees. Jaime suffered from untreated postpartum depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder 13 years ago. In her current position she uses her lived experience to advocate for equitable services and provides education/training to local health care and social service providers who support families suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Patricia Tomasi, Journalist, Ontario

Patricia Tomasi is a mom of two and former journalist who became a full time perinatal mental health advocate after struggling to find help for prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. She has written numerous articles on perinatal mental health for HuffPost Canada and runs the cheeky Maternal Mental Health Matters Facebook and Instagram pages. Be sure to join her private Facebook Postpartum Depression & Anxiety Support Group with thousands of women from around the world who support each other 24/7.