On Thursday, February 11th, maternal mental health advocates throughout the country will come together in a National Day of Action to support the passage of the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015 [H.R. 3235 & S. 2311]. These bills, if passed, would provide grants to at least three states to improve screening and treatment for maternal depression. Please join this effort, led by the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, of which Maternal Mental Health NOW is a member, by contacting your lawmakers and urging them to support these important bills.
 
To locate your congressional representative's contact information, click here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/. To locate your senators' contact information, click here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/. Below are templates you can use, but feel free to personalize them if you would like.
 
Over the phone:
  • I am a member of Maternal Mental Health NOW, a non-profit organization dedicated to removing the barriers to the prevention, screening, and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County.  
  • I am calling to ask that my representative/senator support the “Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadow Act of 2015" [H.R. 3235/ S. 2311], which would provide grants to at least three states to improve screening and treatment for maternal depression
  • Maternal depression is the leading complication of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting 15-20% of expectant and new mothers. 
  • When this condition goes untreated, it can lead to detrimental outcomes for the mother, fetus, infant, developing child, and family; however, most women are never screened or diagnosed, and struggle to receive treatment even if they attempt to seek it.
  • Lack of community resources to support mothers and families dealing with maternal depression interfere with access to treatment.
Email template:

Dear Representative/Senator _________:

 
I am a member of Maternal Mental Health NOW, a non-profit organization dedicated to removing the barriers to the prevention, screening, and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County. 
 
I am writing to urge you to support the “Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadow Act of 2015" [H.R. 3235/ S. 2311], which would provide grants to at least three states to improve screening and treatment for maternal depression.
 
Maternal depression is the leading complication of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting 15-20% of expectant and new mothers. When this condition goes untreated, it can lead to detrimental outcomes for the mother, fetus, infant, developing child, and family; however, most women are never screened or diagnosed, and struggle to receive treatment even if they attempt to seek it.

I am asking you to co-sponsor this bill to take action on improving maternal mental health support and resources for women and providers at the state and local level.
 
Sincerely,
Your Name
 
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