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NEW PSI PROGRAMS!
Click here for our full interview of Dr. Flores-Carter on the PSI blog. We are excited to hear about her work, and look forward to her presentation at the upcoming PSI conference.
Originally from Belize, Dr. Flores-Carter is a maternal child and pediatric clinical social worker for university-affiliated teaching hospital Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in Colton, California. Currently teaching at California State University San Bernardino, Dr. Flores-Carter will be at California Baptist University starting in August 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Masters of Social Work program.
This is the first of a series of interviews of featured members of PSI. If you know of a PSI member you think we should feature, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLIMB OUT OF THE DARKNESS
Over 100 teams in five countries with more than 1000 participants registered!
Led primarily by volunteer PMAD survivors, PSI Coordinators and Chapter leaders, more than 100 Climb Out Of The Darkness events are coming up this June. These local walks have been lovingly planned with the goal to raise awareness, increase survivor comradery, and strengthen communities. Fundraising is also taking place with the exciting option for local PMAD projects to receive 75% of funds raised, or 100% for PSI state chapters. Three areas—Douglas County Kansas, Charlotte North Carolina, and Wilmington Delaware—have already had their events, and about 100 attendees came to the first two climbs! Climbs are a wonderful opportunity to connect and offer support in your area. For more information, please go to http://www.postpartum.net/join-us/climbout/ or contact Emily at email@example.com
This past month we took over Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City for four outstanding performances of Playing Monopoly With God & Other True Stories by Melissa Bangs in celebration of Postpartum Support International’s 30th anniversary. Each of the performances had a special corresponding theme. Following the sold-out Thursday show, guests attended a gala supper and champagne toast at Bobo Restaurant featuring special speaker Stephen D’Achille. Friday night’s performance included a wine & cheese soirée and panel discussion. Friday was also sold out, with a crowd primarily comprised of those under 40. Saturday included an opening act by comedian Angelina Spicer, and Sunday was a mimosa matinee for mamas and panel discussion. There was a wonderful mixture of professionals, survivors and advocates in the audience. All proceeds from the four shows and Gala directly benefit PSI and the transformational work it provides.
Special thank you to the event sponsors: Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation; Jane Condon and Kenneth G. Bartels; Mt. Sinai Hospital, OBGYN; The Wilderman Fund for Maternal Health; Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Toni B McKerrow and Martin McKerrow; The Motherhood Center; and Sage Therapeutics, for making the event such a success.
INTERNATIONAL FATHERS' MENTAL HEALTH DAY
June 18th, 2018 is International Fathers’ Mental Health Day
MAY was MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
The first Wednesday of May is World Maternal Mental Health Day. The first world MMH Day was in 2016, and we’ve seen growth each year. This year showed big leaps in involvement, with organizations from a growing number of countries: Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brasil, Cameroon, Canada, Catalonia, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe!
The World MMH website and all social media showed the increasing awareness and involvement by global partners. What a joy it is to meet with this international group of advocates! Come visit the website and connect with it!
We are all fortunate to have the creative expertise of Rita Stockhowe from South Africa who manages the social media, website, and communications with partners. This year’s social media engagement saw a huge spike across the board. This year Rita created a Facebook Page for the Day, and shared blog posts, news, and events there. The newly established Facebook Page has gained a following of over 1,000 people and organisations. Almost 5,600 people and organisations took part in using the hashtag #maternalMHmatters. The hashtag accumulated nearly 63,000 impressions on Twitter, which means that the hashtag saw a 17% increase in delivery to Twitter streams around the globe. Over 5,500 people visited the WMMHday website and viewed different pages nearly 24,000 times.
2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Join us for the 31st Annual Postpartum Support International Conference in Houston, TX on July 13-15, 2017. On July 11-12, we will hold our 2-day pre-conference Certificate Course, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care. New this year: We have added Sunday Seminars to offer a choice of in-depth expert workshops!
The Annual PSI conference has provided an opportunity to meet, learn together, and share ideas with others involved in the field of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) for 31 years! This professional event is a unique training and networking opportunity, last year attracting more than 400 participants. The purpose of the conference is to bring together and inform medical and mental health providers, childbirth professionals, support and resource providers, caregivers, policy-makers, researchers, volunteers, families, and educators who want to improve their understanding of PMADs and improve their ability to serve pregnant, postpartum, and post pregnancy-loss families. To view a full list of this years breakouts and keynotes, visit our website!
2-DAY CERTIFICATE TRAININGS
The 2-day PSI Certificate of Completion Course, taught by experienced and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Registration includes training binder, handouts, breakfast and lunch, and continuing education credits. Approved for CMEs, CNEs, CEs. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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