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