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Awareness: Why is raising awareness important?

posted Dec 30, 2013, 9:26 PM by Megan Black

Postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorder affects approximately 15-30% of new mothers. This statistic is actually believed to be much higher, as so many Moms do not come forward due to the stigma attached to PPD and perinatal mood disorders. However, through Awareness we can change the stigma attached to postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders. Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness Ltd. (PMDA) is devoted to increasing awareness and resources for postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders. PMDA works hard to educate the public, so we can begin to make things just a little bit easier for expecting Moms, new Moms, Dads & families to find the support they need from family, friends and healthcare providers.

    Many organizations are working tirelessly to raise awareness about postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders, especially PMDA. Our hard work is being recognized, when PMDA asked Mom’s on our Facebook page why they thought raising awareness was important some common responses were “to educate the public, to help reduce the stigma and to encourage sufferers to seek the support they need.” The aforementioned responses created a significant amount of conversation on the PMDA Facebook page, drawing attention to the topic of “awareness.”

    What can you do to help raise awareness about postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders? You can support PMDA this January, as January is Postpartum Depression Awareness month. The awareness campaign is titled “Hats off to Moms” and has been created to give Canadians the opportunity to get involved and help increase awareness about postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders.

Learn more @ http://hatsofftomoms.ppda.ca/

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