A Statewide Effort to Combat Maternal Depression
According to research, as many as one in seven women experience some form of depression during pregnancy or within 12 months after giving birth. If untreated over time, this depression could grow worse and have dire consequences. Maternal depression is highly treatable if identified early, and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is playing a key role in new efforts underway in New York State to address it. In January, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a multi-agency effort to help ensure that women receive high-quality health care at every stage of their lives. These efforts are designed to strengthen the ability of providers to address maternal mental health concerns.
Free On-Demand Webinars for Practitioners in New York State
A key part of these efforts involve Project TEACH. That is why OMH and the Project TEACH Statewide Coordination Center (SCC) are proud to offer two CME-certified, on-demand webinars on maternal depression. These webinars are completely free and accessible to all pediatric primary care providers, obstetricians and gynecologists in New York State.
The webinars focus on two topics: Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression During Pregnancy, and Screening and Treatment of Postpartum Depression.
The faculty for these webinars are renowned experts Lee Cohen, MD, and Marlene Freeman, MD, MPH. They lead The Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health at MGH, which provides state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function.
Maternal depression is also a focus of OMH’s Crisis Text Line public awareness campaign. To learn more about various programs and initiaitves under way as part of the effort to combat maternal depression, read this recent press release that offers more details.