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Who Is PMDA?

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.
Join our Network & Get Involved!

Awareness Month:
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!
Why January:

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

Objective:
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!

Mandate:
Our Mandate is to fill the gap, and connect sufferers of Perinatal Mood Disorders with Service Providers!

Vision:
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.


When nothing is sure, everything is possible.
~Margaret Drabble~