The CPMHC launched a petition for a national perinatal mental health strategy on January 29th, 2020. Since NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has been the only elected official to fully support our efforts for a national strategy thus far, we have asked him to bring the petition to the floor of the House of Commons. We need a minimum of 500 signatures in order for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Government of Canada to officially respond.
Here’s what the petition says:
- Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) are the most common obstetrical complication making it a significant public health concern; and
- In Canada and worldwide, 20% of women and 10% of men suffer from a perinatal mental illness; and
- Stigma, lack of public and professional awareness, and leaving the onus on the mothers and partners to reach out for help, results in only 15% of mothers who experience a PMAD receiving professional treatment; and
- Despite limitations in Canadian data, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death, with one in 19 maternal deaths in Ontario attributed to suicide; and
- 85% of mothers are not properly treated with a resulting annual economic cost to Canada of approximately $11 billion dollars; and
- The UK, Australia, and parts of the U.S. have perinatal mental health strategies and screening guidelines in place; and
- Canada does not have a nation-wide perinatal mental health strategy or services to provide equitable access to treatment.