We wanted to find out how Canada is doing to provide adequate support for perinatal mental health challenges, so we commissioned an original research report to determine: Is Canada doing enough to support perinatal mental health?
Before answering whether Canada is doing enough as a whole, we first needed to know what was already in place. Our research methodology hinged on the question: What infrastructure for perinatal mental health screening is currently in place in each province or territory in Canada?.We found that out of all 13 provinces and territories, only 6 have a provincial perinatal mental health strategy in place.
Across the country, notable gaps in diagnosis, treatment and care exist in varying degrees. To answer whether Canada is doing enough to support perinatal mental health, in short, no. Resources are not equally accessible, distributed or even available.
Based on the monumental research, analysis and experience of hospital systems, researchers, practitioners, countless organizations, groups and the like, we believe a top-down, bottom-up strategic approach is necessary to improve maternal mental support across Canada. National attention and action, coupled with grassroots initiatives advanced by organizations, individuals, teams and groups, will mean a tangible progression in the right direction.
Our sincere hope is that this report acts as a catalyst for all of us to work together to advocate for and improve maternal mental health support in Canada.
Thursday, January 28th is Bell Let's Talk day and every single social media post that includes both the #BellLetsTalk and #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth hashtags matters!
Why does this matter? 1 in 5 moms will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, including postpartum depression and anxiety, and maternal suicide is a leading cause of death in postpartum women. The more we talk, the more women know they are not alone. Please lend your voice to bringing awareness to the need for a national strategy for mothers in Canada. Learn more about our advocacy and how you can get involved here It's Time For A National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy
Not sure what to say? Below we’ve put together some sample tweets and social media messages, as well as some key messages and facts for you to use:
Check in on a new or expecting mom today. Just hearing your voice can make a difference to someone dealing with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders including depression, insolation, or anxiety. #BellLetsTalk #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth
Know a new parent? They might be dealing with more than sleepless nights. A call, a meal, an invite for coffee or a walk, or to watch the baby for an hour can go a long way to help. #BellLetsTalk #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth
Research shows peer support reduces social isolation. New parents often struggle with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in silence. Let’s change that. Check in, follow-up, offer help. #BellLetsTalk #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth