Mental Health America of Georgia is a non-profit organization that works hard to ensure that Georgians live mentally healthy lives. MHA of Georgia’s mission is to enhance the mental health of all Georgians through education, outreach and advocacy.Project Healthy Moms is an important initiative of MHA of Georgia. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the most common complication of childbirth in the United States. The term “perinatal mood and anxiety disorders” covers a range of mental illnesses that can occur during or after a pregnancy, including disorders such as postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis, among others. In the US, between 10 to 15% of mothers suffer from these devastating illnesses, which, if not properly treated, can have a long-term negative impact on the health of not only the mothers, but their children and families as well.Since its inception in 2008, Project Healthy Moms has been working to increase awareness, identification, treatment, and support of PMADs in Georgia, while also reducing the stigma associated with them. In the past 5 years, we have worked toward improving support for maternal mental health by acknowledging that effective programs must address both individual and environmental factors. Project Healthy Moms’ programs target both individual factors, such as peer support, education, and awareness, as well as environmental and societal frameworks, such as resource linkage,
provider education, community partnerships, and advocacy work.
I want to know more about postpartum depression and other maternal mental illnesses. Where can I find more information?
If you are interested in finding more information about postpartum depression and other mental illnesses, please check out our website for resources and educational materials.