I left my friends and family – my biggest support group – to move to Fredericksburg to become a stay-at-home mom. I feel lucky that we moved closer to G’s first birthday; had we moved earlier, I’m not sure how I would have handled being away from them while being in the thick of postpartum depression and anxiety.
I’m sure I can’t be the only one who has gone through a change like this. Moving. Being the new kid mom in town. Having to rebuild local support systems.
Supporting moms is such an important step in helping them recover from perinatal mental and anxiety disorders. According to Postpartum Progress’ blog, a study on the role of support from family and friends in recovery from major depression found that emotional support is significantly associated with depression outcome. (Nasser, Acta Scandinavia Psyciatrica, 2004).
Being able to reach out to someone who understands what you are going through and can encourage you to stick with your treatment plan or point you in the direction of a support group can have a huge, positive impact on mothers and their families.
In addition to training mental health providers, Postpartum Support Virginia’s "Shining the Light on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder" Workshop will provide information to people who are interested in volunteering for their organization to help moms and their families and keep local medical professionals up to date about perinatal mental and anxiety disorders Postpartum Support Virginia (PSVa).
As I mentioned in my last post, workshop participants will spend the afternoon in breakout sessions. Those interested in volunteering for PSVa will attend one of the following sessions:
- Roles and Responsibilities -- Social Support Volunteers
- Outreach and Education -- PSVa Ambassadors
What are Social Support Volunteers?
Social Support Volunteers can help by:
- Becoming a support group leader/co-leader
- Becoming a Mom On Call and provide one-on-one support via phone, email, text, or in person
- Provide administrative support
What does a PSVa Ambassador do?
The PSVa ambassador program is new, and one I'm excited about. Ambassadors will:
- Help PSVa spread the word about PSVa and its support groups by visiting doctors' offices
- Hand out PSVa’s informational flyers at doctors’ offices
- Schedule mini-info sessions with doctors (and if they are comfortable, conduct the mini-info sessions at the doctors' offices)
- Follow up with these offices to see if they need more info cards (usually by stopping by and filling the card holders, which are typically located in the waiting room)
- Staff PSVa's table at local events
PSVa’s "Shining the Light on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder" Workshop will be Saturday, September 26 from 9am-4pm at the England Run branch of the library. It is $50, which includes the cost of materials and lunch. Registration closes Monday, September 21.
If you're interested in making a difference to the area moms suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, you can register for the workshop here.