World Maternal Mental Health Day 2021 Virtual Symposium: Strategic Approaches to Perinatal Mental Health Care in Canada
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 10:30 to 14:00
The Ludmer Centre has partnered with the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative (CPMHC) to host an exciting event: Strategic Approaches to Perinatal Mental Health Care in Canada. This free online symposium is open to anyone interested in the issue - clinicians, researchers, advocates, government, community organizations, and the public.
Part 1: Advancing the Issue of Perinatal Mental Health (10:30am-12pm EST)
The Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative will discuss the results of Canada’s first-ever study and survey for health care practitioners on perinatal mental health care. In Canada, an estimated 20% of women experience perinatal mental illness. Rates have been elevated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services currently available to those experiencing perinatal mental illness in Canada are largely inadequate and issues are magnified during COVID-19. Hear why the survey findings underscore a critical need for a national perinatal mental health strategy to address gaps in screening and treatment.
Part 2 - Advancing Standards of Care: From Global to Local (12:30-2:00pm EST)
Speakers Alain Gregoire (Global Maternal Mental Health Alliance) and Simone Vigod (Women’s College Hospital) will start the conversation about best practices in perinatal mental health care. Two jurisdictions- Saskatchewan and Newfoundland & Labrador - will reflect on how these can be achieved at the provincial level. Participants will then hear from three local organizations in Quebec on how to serve the perinatal mental health needs of underrepresented groups.
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