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Hats Off to Moms!


January is...
Postpartum Depression Awareness Month!


We are celebrating this Awareness period by creating an opportunity for Canadians to get involved
and bring much needed Attention to Postpartum Depression & Perinatal Mood Disorders.

...Mothers are far more likely to seek treatment for PPD
when their communities are educated about the illness...

This leaves us with the question of: What can we do to reduce stigma & judgement,
and create Communities where Moms will seek help, get quality healthcare,
& non-judgemental support from family & friends.
The answer is: We need to create opportunities for Awareness & Education!

Hats Off to Moms is that opportunity!

* Form a Team * Collect Pledges * Hold your Community Event *

Here's How:

Form a Team!

1. Talk to people:
In your Community, at your Moms Groups, Workplace, Social activities etc.,
and gather a group of people who feel strongly about getting involved with this initiative!
This group can be any size, even just 1 person!

2. Visit the Hats Off To Moms website: hatsofftomoms.ppda.ca

3. Create a Team profile

Collect Pledges!

4. Collect pledges using the pledge sheet provided on the Hats Off To Moms website.
All pledges collected are in support of PMDA, a registered Non-profit organization dedicated to increasing Awareness and Resources for Postpartum Depression and Perinatal Mood Disorders across Canada, and helping individuals & families get the support they need.

5. Update your Pledge Total on your Team Profile regularly.
Prizes will be awarded to Top Collectors!
Help PMDA reach it's Fundraising Goal of $20,000.00!

Hold your Community Event!

6. Hold your Hats Off to Moms Event simultaneously on Saturday, January 25th, 2014.
This event can be as simple as: Meeting in a group setting to celebrate Moms and share your stories!

Examples of Easy to Organize Community Events for January 25th:

1. STORY SHARING EVENT
Organize a public gathering for Moms, Dads, Family & Friends, where they can take turns sharing
stories of pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and parenthood, in a "family & friend-like setting".
Thus creating an opportunity for Community, Awareness, and new-found Support!
HOW TO:
-Organize some free or donated space for your event to be held on January 25th.
Some examples could be: community hall, church hall, school room, coffee shop etc.
-Put the word out through your Mommy community that you are forming a Team for Hats Off to Moms in support of Postpartum Depression Awareness Month, encourage others to join your team!
-You and your Team Members gather pledges, regularly updating your pledge total on your Team Page.
-Encourage your Team Members to spread the word and invite others to your Story Sharing Event
planned for January 25th.
-Organize some light refreshments for your event if possible.
-Share info about your event in every way you can: Poster hanging, Social media, Word of Mouth, etc.
-Meet at specified time & location on January 25th to talk, share stories, enjoy light refreshments & create Awareness!
-Donate all proceeds to PMDA!

2. MOM TO MOM SWAP EVENT
A Mom to Mom Swap is like a mini tradeshow, where participants have a table to display their gently used baby and child items they no longer need. Attendees can then purchase or trade items with either partial or all proceeds benefiting PMDA. Pledges can still be collected ahead of time and donations can also be taken at the door if desired.
HOW TO:
-Find some free space if possible (community hall, church basement, school gym etc.).
This location should have tables, chairs & possibly table cloths that can be set up ahead of time.
Your Team Members can help you with set-up and clean-up.
-Put the word out through your Mommy community that you are forming a Team for Hats Off to Moms in support of Postpartum Depression Awareness Month, encourage others to join your team!
-You and your Team Members gather pledges, regularly updating your pledge total on your Team Page.
-Encourage your Team Members to spread the word and invite others to your Mom to Mom Swap Event
planned for January 25th.
-Organize some light refreshments for your event if possible.
-Share info about your event in every way you can: Poster hanging, Social media, Word of Mouth, etc.
-Meet at specified time & location on January 25th to set up, have fun & create Awareness!
-Donate all proceeds to PMDA!

3. FITNESS CLASS (YOGA, DANCE etc.)
Organize a fitness class of any type, or series of back to back classes where people pay to attend.
Provide music & light refreshments. Make it a fun evening for Moms & their support networks to enjoy!
HOW TO:
-Research & locate some free space at a local fitness facility (YMCA’s are usually a great place to host non-profit events).
-Recruit fitness instructor(s) that would be willing to donate their time.
-Sell tickets ahead of time, or take donations at the door.
-Put the word out through your Mommy community that you are forming a Team for Hats Off to Moms in support of Postpartum Depression Awareness Month, encourage others to join your team!
-You and your Team Members gather pledges, regularly updating your pledge total on your Team Page.
-Encourage your Team Members to spread the word and invite others to your Fitness Class
planned for January 25th.
-Organize some light refreshments for your event if possible.
-Share info about your event in every way you can: Poster hanging, Social media, Word of Mouth, etc.
-Meet at specified time & location on January 25th for a super fun event!
-Donate all proceeds to PMDA!