Maternal Mental Health Week

Bright Beginnings Advocacy, Community, Maternal Mental Health

Recap | May 3-7

May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month and the first week of the month was Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. On May 4, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution recognizing May 3-7 as Maternal Mental Health Awareness week.

“In Monterey County, it’s estimated that more than 15% of pregnant and postpartum women experience depression symptoms,” shared Supervisor Chris Lopez. “We know that the social determinants including socio-economic status, race, and ethnicity can prevent people from seeking the treatment they deserve. Through routine screenings and increased awareness and culturally sensitive holistic approaches, we can work towards preventing maternal mental health disorders and work to ensure families have resources, support, and treatment in their communities close to them.”

A huge thank you to Supervisor Chris Lopez and Monterey County Behavioral Health Clinical Social Worker and Maternal Mental Health Task Force Co-Chair Dana Edgull, for bringing this resolution to fruition.