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PPDA in Politics

On May 10th, 2011 MLA David Xiao made a statement about PPDA in the Alberta Legislative Assembly, and we were in attendance!

Introduction at the Legislature

Statement by MLA David Xiao

Postpartum Depression
Mr. Xiao: "Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is a privilege to rise today and speak about an important issue that impacts the lives of many Albertans, postpartum depression. Postpartum depression and other postpartum mood disorders affect approximately 15 per cent of mothers within the first year of giving birth. However, the majority of these mothers do not get help for a variety of reasons. Either they go undiagnosed, are unable to find help, or never come forward because of the stigma attached to postpartum depression.

It is important that Albertans acknowledge the significance of this form of depression and understand that there are resources available. The organization Postpartum Depression Awareness, or PPDA, is doing amazing work spreading this message of awareness to Albertans by providing resource-related projects to support those dealing with PPD.

One of the most impressive developments is the creation of a comprehensive website which endeavours to list all of the resources that are available in the Edmonton area relating to postpartum depression. They are trying to inform the public through their yearly awareness month and through other initiatives. The next objective of the PPDA is to implement a provincial awareness month, which would generate significant awareness of postpartum depression.

Mr. Speaker, knowledge and resources are very powerful tools to assist those who are dealing with the challenges of PPD. I would like to commend all the efforts and initiatives that have been undertaken by my constituent Tascheleia and her colleagues to generate awareness and support for postpartum depression. I would like to urge all Albertans to support these endeavours in every way they can, and I sincerely wish PPDA every success.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker."

David Xiao & Tascheleia Marangoni


PPDA's Tascheleia talks with the Honourable Rona Ambrose at the Constituency open house in early 2011.