Jennifer’s mission is to bring hope and inspiration to individuals and families facing mental health challenges.  She is a mental health advocate.  She overcame postpartum psychosis.  She is a writer and speaker on mental health issues striving to increase the awareness, education, prevention and treatment of postpartum psychosis and other mental health issues related to childbearing as well as mental health, in general.   

January 2014: My Interview is Included in the book Back From the Brink released January 2nd 2014.

 

Mental Health Facts…

Report: 1 in 5 Adults Had Mental Illness in 2010: A new federal report estimates that 20% of American adults — more than 45 million people — had some form of mental illness in 2010.  Source: SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

According to the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council, about one in five youths experience a mental, emotional, or behavior disorder at some point in their lifetime.

Up to 1 in 5 women will experience a Mood or Anxiety Disorder while pregnant or after giving birth.  Most women are misdiagnosed, inadequately treated, if treated at all.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, untreated postpartum depression (PPD) and prenatal depression can lead to increased medical costs, inappropriate medical care, discontinuation of breastfeeding, child abuse, and neglect. (Source: PRNewswire.com)

Photo by Jennifer Moyer

Did you know that…

  • 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 children suffer from diagnosable and treatable mental health issues.
  • Over 50 percent of those living with a mental health condition never ask for help due to stigma, lack of information, cost, or lack of health care insurance coverage.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth aged 15-24.
  • All mental health conditions can be effectively treated, and, with proper, professional help, those seeking mental health and wellness can lead happy and productive lives.

Source: Mental Health America

Did you know that…

  • While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety.
  • Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth.
  • Although the term “postpartum depression” is most often used, there are actually several forms of illness that women may experience.
  • There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help women recover.

Source:  Postpartum Support International

 

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