Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 2-8, 2011. It is fitting, then, that two organizations I blog frequently about because I so respect their efforts to raise awareness of perinatal mood disorders–namely, Postpartum Support International and SPARKS Center–are hosting free teleconferences on Wednesday, October 5th.
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL (PSI)
The first call I’d like to tell you about is Postpartum Support International’s Chat with an Expert, a free forum led by professionals providing information, which can help new moms suffering from a perinatal mood disorder feel less alone in their experience. New moms (or their loved ones) are invited to call in to connect with others parents, ask questions that will be answered by caring and informed experts, or just to listen to the facilitator–a professional member of PSI–discuss resources, symptoms, options, and general information. Click here for call-in instructions. You can talk from the privacy of your own home and there is no need to pre-register or give your name.
This Wednesday’s Chat for Women will be held at 12:00 pm EST and facilitated by my fellow PSI member and friend, Linda Klempner, PhD. Dr. Klempner is a licensed clinical psychologist and director of Women’s Health Counseling & Psychotherapy in Teaneck, N.J., and PSI Board Member.
Please spread the word about this wonderful AND FREE resource that can help combat stigma and ignorance on perinatal mood disorders!
The second opportunity I wanted to share with you is the 3rd of a series of teleconferences offered by SPARKS. The topic will be Attention New Moms! RELAX (yes, you can!). It will be led by Rus Devorah Darcy Wallen, ACSW, SPARKS Clinical Supervisor & Psychotherapist/Motivational Entertainer.
Here are the Call-In Details:
- 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
- Dial-in Number and Password: 718-873-0922, Dial 9, PIN #2757
For more information on SPARKS and their mission to help mothers and their families, please visit their website or call 718-2-SPARKS (277-2757) for the hotline or other questions. This teleconference is completely confidential.
Please spread the word!