PMDA: Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness Project Ltd.
Increasing Awareness & Understanding, Connecting Canadians to Resources & Support!
Who Is PMDA:
PMDA was founded December 1st, 2010 by Tascheleia Marangoni a Mother of three children & past sufferer of perinatal mood disorders, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
PMDA is a registered non-profit organization, and a Network of Moms & individuals across Canada who feel passionate about increasing Awareness, Education and Advocacy for Postpartum Depression & Perinatal Mood Disorders.
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PMDA first declared January Postpartum Depression Awareness Month, January 2011 in conjunction with the city of Edmonton, Alberta. In 2012 the Awarenes Month was recognized in many cities across Alberta. In 2013 the Awareness month was recognized in parts of Alberta and British Columbia. In 2014 the Awareness Month was officially and permanently proclaimed in the provinces of: British Columbia, Saskatchewan & Manitoba. It is PMDA's hope that for 2015 the Awareness Month will be proclaimed and recognized Nationally for all of Canada!
Many Moms will tell you, January in Canada is arguably the hardest month of the year. With fewer hours of sunlight, extreme cold, record snowfalls, and dangerous driving conditions, it is a month even Winter lovers would like to avoid. It is a time of year that is particularly difficult for Moms with babies and small children. Getting out of the house with young children is already a monumental task, one even more difficult to accomplish in the Winter months, and seemingly insurmountable for Moms dealing with a Mood Disorder such as Depression or Anxiety. It is a time of year that makes sense to acknowledge the more difficult parts of parenting and some of the very serious issues that Moms face while raising our next generation.
PMDA's Annual Awareness Events:
Hats Off To Moms - January is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month
The Many Hats of Eve - 5km Walks in communities across Canada every June
PMDA is a registered Non-profit organization devoted to increasing Awareness & Resources for Postpartum Depression & Perinatal Mood Disorders across Canada, and helping individuals & families get the support they need!
Our Mandate is to fill the gap, and connect sufferers of Perinatal Mood Disorders with Service Providers!
A Canada where those affected by Perinatal Mood Disorders are able to easily access information, resources & support. Where the general public has a clear understanding of what Perinatal Mood Disorders are and how to be supportive, creating an environment of less judgement & stigma. Where healthcare providers have the opportunity to gain greater training & understanding regarding Perinatal Mood Disorders in order to provide informed healthcare & support without judgement or misdiagnosis.
What does PMDA Do:
With Volunteers across Canada, PMDA does the following:
1. Increases & Creates Awareness & Education for Postpartum Depression & Perinatal Mood Disorders.
2. Connects Canadians to Resources & Support for PPD & PMD's, through this comprehensive Resource Website, and other means.
3. Provides Free Perinatal Mood Disorder Support Groups where and when possible, as part of it's uniquely developed Support Group Program.
4. Researches, Develops & Provides Innovative Resources for PPD & PMD's.
5. Advocates for the illness & those affected by it.
Key Facts about Postpartum Depression & Perinatal Mood Disorders:
- Perinatal Mood Disorders are the most common complication of Childbirth.
- Postpartum Depression is only one component of an overall illness referred to as Perinatal Mood Disorders. Mothers can suffer from a wide range of mood disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, which is why simply referring to the illness as Postpartum Depression is inaccurate.
- The Time Frame in which someone can be affected by a Perinatal Mood Disorder is roughly from conception to as late as when the child reaches school age, not simply the postpartum window determined by healthcare professionals.
- Women (and Men) of any age, culture, race, or income level can develop a Perinatal Mood Disorder.
- Suicide is one of the 3 leading causes of Matenal death.
- The Causes of Perinatal Mood Disorders are complex, with many factors, some still unknown. It is not always an easy illness to diagnose. Some of the more well known causes are: hormone changes, depletion of important nutrients in the body, changes in brain chemistry, life changes.
- Symptoms also very greatly and are not always easy to spot in oneself or others. Some of the more basic symptoms can include: changes in sleep and eating patters, difficulty bonding with or over-protectiveness of baby, loss of interest in normal activities, anxiety & panic, intrusive thoughts.
- Getting Help for Perinatal Mood Disorders is equally difficult for a variety of reasons, some include: Our socially imposed - idealized expectations of Motherhood, Stigma & judgement attached to Maternal Mental Illness, General lack of Awareness and misinformation about PMD's, Lack of resources available for PMD's.
- For more information, please visit the following links:
-Definitions of Perinatal Mood Disorders
- Postpartum Depression and Perinatal Mood Disorders affect approximately 15 - 30% of Moms within the first year of giving birth. It is believed that this statistic is in fact much higher as so many Moms do not come forward. The majority of these Moms 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 PPD & PMD's.
- Postpartum Depression and Perinatal Mood Disorders are a growing Public Health Concern. Canadian Moms are raising our next generation and their mental health needs to be of top priority. Yet, with an ongoing lack of information and support for the illness, mis-information & mis-diagnosis continues. Mothers and Families continue to fall through gaps in the healthcare system, and often screening and/or followup for PMD's does not take place.
Mothers are the caretakers of all of us, and we must care for them too!