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Maternal Mental Health Month

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed May 2024 as Maternal Mental Health Month in Washington State. This proclamation highlights the importance of maternal mental health and the need for increased awareness, education, and support for parents before, during, and after pregnancy.

Did you know that over 83,000 babies are born in Washington State each year? The mental health of parents during and after pregnancy is crucial for both parents and their families. Approximately 20 percent of new and expectant parents are affected by perinatal depression and related mood disorders, such as anxiety and psychosis. These conditions can often go unnoticed and untreated due to stigma and lack of awareness.

Many parents may not seek help because they are unaware of perinatal depression and related mood disorders, or because they do not know about the available treatment and support services. However, perinatal depression is highly treatable with intervention such as medication, therapy, support groups, and community services.

During Maternal Mental Health Month, we encourage parents and families to learn more about maternal mental health and the resources available. Here are some resources that can provide support and information:

We hope you will join us in raising awareness about maternal mental health and supporting parents in your community. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that every parent receives the care and support they need.