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  • Dr. Shari-ann James

World Maternal Mental Health Day

Updated: May 3


World maternal mental health day

Today marks World Maternal Mental Health Day, a time to shine a spotlight on the silent struggles many mothers face around the world. As many as 1 in 5 women experience some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD); which can include postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder, postpartum bipolar, and postpartum psychosis. While statistics vary by country, this is a worldwide issue. Beyond the smiles and celebrations, maternal mental health often takes a backseat, however it should not.


Pregnancy and motherhood are transformative, but they can also be challenging. Mental health issues like prenatal and postpartum depression affect millions of women, impacting not just them but their families too. Everyone should be aware of the signs and symptoms of maternal mental health disorders and to know that they are not alone.


Breaking the silence starts with awareness. Routine screenings, support networks, and education are key. By fostering understanding and empathy, we can create a world where every mother feels supported and empowered.


This World Maternal Mental Health Day, let us pledge to shatter stigma around mental health and ensure that no mother suffers in silence.



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