The impact of maternal mental illness is startling. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association up to 1 in 5 women in Canada will suffer from Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, making it the most common complication of the perinatal period and a significant public health concern. The impact of untreated maternal mental illness carries a ripple effect that reaches children, partners, family, friends and community.
Stigma, lack of public and professional awareness, and leaving the onus on the mothers to reach out for help, results in only 15% of mothers who experience a PMAD receiving professional treatment.
Healthy Start, Healthy Future holds the belief that when maternal mental health is a priority, healthy families and communities follow. Our goal is to bring awareness to the challenges new parents face and create advocacy campaigns to bring Maternal Mental Health to the forefront.