Published: May 24, 2017
In Sonoma County:
- Nearly 1/3 of women reported they needed help for emotional/mental health problems or use of alcohol/drugs.1
- Pregnant women with a mental health diagnosis were hospitalized nearly 2.5 times the California average.2
- From 2005-2013, the number of emergency department visits for women with mood disorders has increased by 4 times.2
- 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression in the United States.3
You are not alone. If you need support, please call:
- 24-hour Sonoma County Emergency Mental Health Hotline: (800) 746-8181
- Postpartum Support International Warmline (800) 944-4773 (4PPD) (se habla espanol)
- 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
1 California Health Interview Survey, 2011-2015.
2 Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, 2002-2013.
3 Journal of the American Medical Association, 2013.
The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (now a part of the Perinatal Alliance collaborative) is a collaborative focused on promoting prevention, early identification and access to treatment for families experiencing Perinatal Mood Disorders. The collaborative also strives to raise community awareness about the prevalence of Perinatal Mood Disorders, and augment the availability of community supports and services, that increase family resiliency and strength.
To improve visibility of the worsening mental health issue of Maternal Mental Health in Sonoma County, two members of this collaborative, the Department of Health Services Maternal Child Adolescent Health (MCAH) Coordinator, Karyna Mayora-Linzer RN, MS and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Intern, Elizabeth Najmabadi, MPH, created a Maternal Mental Health infographic to bring awareness to this critical issue affecting mothers in Sonoma County through social media.
Infographics are an effective and innovative communication method to help us reach our target audience of women of reproductive age through social media, rather than our traditional method of brochures. We hope this is only the beginning of using new messaging strategies to help us reach a larger audience of women and families affected or at risk for developing a maternal mental health disorder and/or related illness in our community.