We were first inspired by Lauren DePaola, the CEO/Founder of Postpartum Wellness & Family Counseling in Gainesville, to contact our County Board of Commissioners and our Mayor's office. She shared her wording of the proclamations she had submitted to Alachua County and the City of Jacksonville. We ran with it.
We are so excited and proud to live in a city and county where the elected officials hear the voices of the people and act. Thank you, Mayor Bob Buckhorn for the pictured Perinatal Mental Health Week Proclamation. We look forward to receiving the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioner's proclamation in the next few weeks. The Seventh Mom Project, Inc. has big plans for this inaugural year and intends to continue with our mission to educate and bring awareness about perinatal mental health issues every day of the year.
You can read the County Commissioner's Proclamation in plain text below.
Come celebrate Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Week with us on May 3, 2016 at Tampa General Hospital.
WHEREAS, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are a spectrum of mental health issues that manifest during pregnancy or shortly after birth; and
WHEREAS, perinatal mental health is an important issue to mothers, fathers, families, infants, and health care providers; and
WHEREAS, many people are not screened or treated for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders because they may lack comprehensive health care, an understanding of the disorder, or knowledge of where to go for help and care; and
WHEREAS, families of all races, income levels, ages, and backgrounds are profoundly impacted, contributing to developmental and behavioral issues and attachment disorders in young children; and
WHEREAS, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are treatable with timely therapy, community-based support services, and medications; and
WHEREAS, increased education and heightened awareness about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are vital for all residents of Hillsborough County; and
WHEREAS, residents, communities, and service providers, must have a greater understanding of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in order to provide timely diagnosis and treatment,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County, Florida does hereby declare May 1 to May 7, 2016 as
Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Week
in Hillsborough County, and urges all residents to familiarize themselves with the warning signs of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and for women and men to make sure they have been properly screened for symptoms and receive appropriate treatment if needed.
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