Undiagnosed and untreated Perinatal Mental Health disorders are a silent health crisis in the United States, deserving national recognition and action to save lives and improve the health and wellbeing of America’s mothers, babies, fathers, families, and the community.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental health conditions were the second leading cause of pregnancy-related death that occurred within 43 days to one year after the end of pregnancy. Perinatal depression alone ranks as the most underdiagnosed complication of pregnancy in the United States and may not manifest itself until many months after delivery.
Perinatal Mental Health receives limited national attention and limited funding. There is a lack of public awareness, professional education, access to treatment and care, and stigma associated with the issue. Even though national and state health policies are increasingly focused on improving maternal mortality and morbidity, there is a gap in prioritizing maternal mental health conditions as a major contributing factor. In addition, Perinatal Mental Health, which has a higher prevalence rate than breast cancer and lupus, received only $54 million in federal research dollars, whereas breast cancer receives $1.4 billion.
PSI is leading a coalition of partners, Mind the Gap, and they have set forth a well-researched and community informed blueprint of national priorities and actions that seek to turn the tide on the crisis. We stand for increasing research and funding and improving awareness and access to prevention, education, screening, diagnosis, treatment and support services for pregnancy and postpartum women and their families.
The Mind the Gap priorities and actions are needed now more than ever. For more information and to learn how you can get involved, please contact the Reilly Group at email@example.com or donate to support Mind the Gap.
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