Follow the "Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015" Current Status
You’ve probably seen a few post recently regarding "Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015” (H.R. 3235 and S. 2311). Maybe you’ve wondered about this #LoveAnotherMother campaign or those twibbons you see that say mothers matter. No? Well let me fill you in. The National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH) has put out this call for action.
“Families need systems in their own individual communities to screen, treat and support Moms and families working through the challenges of maternal mental health challenges, like postpartum depression.
Our “National Day of Action” last week sent an impactful message to our elected officials letting them know their own constituents want them to support “Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015” (H.R. 3235 and S. 2311)!”
Basically, the S.2311 Bill, and it's twin in the House, HR 3235, are seeking to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to make grants to states to establish, expand, or maintain culturally competent programs for screening and treatment of women who are pregnant, or who have given birth within the preceding 12 months, for maternal depression.
Activities eligible for this funding would include providing appropriate training and relevant resources, including information on maternal depression screening, treatment, follow-up support, and linkages to community-based resources, to health care providers; and may include public awareness campaigns, funding start-up costs, and establishing linkages with and among community-based resources.
Hey those eligible activities sure sound familiar don’t they? Imagine grants to develop and enhance the tools we need to help more moms...
Here at The Seventh Mom Project, Inc. we would never tell you how to vote or who to vote for. What we will tell you, is this: as a citizen of the United States, not only is it your right to vote and participate in your government; participation is your opportunity to make a difference. This opportunity takes a little more effort than casting votes on Election Day. This opportunity continues throughout the year through actions and campaigns such as this one. Tell your representatives (those folks you voted for) how you, the people who voted for them feel about various bills and initiatives. Make your voice heard!
Until this bill is signed, we will continue to advocate via Social Media. We will Tweet and post on Facebook, Instagram & Tumblr. Here’s what I am planning to use, thanks to NCMMH for coming up with the hashtags.
For the HOUSE: #LoveAnotherMother: @Rep'sTwitterHandleHere Support Moms and families! Cosponsor #HR3235! Bring #PPD Out of the Shadows b/c #MomsMatter
For the SENATE: #LoveAnotherMother: @Rep'sTwitterHandleHere Support Moms and families! Cosponsor S2311! Bring #PPD Out of the Shadows b/c #MomsMatter
Since I am in Tampa Bay, I’m focusing on my local representatives. You can find yours here;
House of Representatives
So whether you support or oppose, you have an opportunity to use your voice.
So use it to let your representatives know how you feel about H.R. 3235 and S. 2311 and remember your voice matters.
Still standing with moms – Rebecca
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