2SLGBTQIA+ and BIPOC Perinatal Mental Health 

Cis-gendered women and trans men who give birth can experience perinatal mental illness. Individuals of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. However, marginalized populations, such as 2SLGBTQ2IA+ people, members of the Indigenous community, the Black community and other racialized communities, adolescents, individuals with histories of substance use, immigrants, refugees, and individuals with disabilities may experience perinatal mental illness at higher rates.

The CPMHC is proud to have participated in the conception and development of the Ontario Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health – Tip Sheet for Healthcare Providers on Providing Inclusive, Affirming and Safer Perinatal Care to 2SLGBTQIA+ Individuals.

National Report: Time For Action – Why Canada Needs A National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy Now

May 2021

On May 5th, the day our Report was released, MP Heather McPherson presented a Motion in the House of Commons asking for support for a National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy and to delcare the first Wednesday of May annually as World Maternal Mental Health Day which the Government of Canada and all parties agreed to UNANIMOUSLY!

 While it’s not binding, meaning the government doesn’t have to act on the motion, it is an extremely positive step in the right direction! 

You Are Not Alone: An Anthology Of Perinatal Mental Health Stories From Conception To Postpartum


This anthology is about more than postpartum depression. It’s about preconception and pregnancy, too. This book contains stories that span the spectrum of perinatal mental illness including infertility, miscarriage, disability, tokophobia, stillbirth, prenatal and postpartum anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and psychosis, along with what it’s like to struggle with a perinatal mental illness during an unprecedented global pandemic. This anthology is filled with 49 stories for people across the 49th parallel—and beyond.