Sometimes small actions can make a big difference. On Thursday, February 11th you have the chance to be an advocate for moms, and it will only take you about 60 seconds. The National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH) is sponsoring the first ever national day of action to support the Federal “Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015” bills (HR 3235 and S2311).
Why is supporting these bills so important?
Postpartum depression is the #1 complication of pregnancy. We all know a friend, sister or loved one who has struggled with mental health concerns during pregnancy or postpartum, or perhaps we have had our own struggles. 1 in 7 women will experience a perinatal mental health disorder and most are not able to get the treatment that they need. How can we expect so much of moms in our society yet not provide the resources they need to experience well-being as they transition to motherhood?
Here’s a summary of what the proposed bills will do:
What you can do to take action:
*Pick up the phone or use social media to message your representatives to request their Co-sponsorship of these bills. This only takes 2 steps:
1. Look up your representatives' twitter handles and phone numbers:
House of Representatives (you have one representative)
Senate (each state has two senators)
2. Tweet or call them on Thursday, February 11th. NCMMH provides these helpful, premade
Tweets that you can use, as well as call scripts:
For the HOUSE: #LoveAnotherMother: @Rep'sTwitterHandleHere Support Mom’s and families! Cosponsor HR3235! Bring #PPD Out of the Shadows b/c #MomsMatter
For the SENATE: #LoveAnotherMother: @Rep'sTwitterHandleHere Support Mom’s and families! Cosponsor S2311! Bring #PPD Out of the Shadows b/c #MomsMatter
Find a call script here if you prefer to pick up the phone and call your representatives in DC. Find a sample script here.
Help spread the word to your friends and family. Together we can advocate for moms!
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