Join the PSI 2015 MMH Awareness Campaign: Strengthening support networks and services for moms and families worldwide!

As May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, Postpartum Support International is kicking off a campaign to raise awareness of postpartum mood disorders and the importance of supporting new moms and their families.

Click here to view the fundraising goals and perks (books signed by the authors, including my very own “One Mom’s Journey to Motherhood,” videos, baseball caps, stress-relief balls, etc.), as well as ways to help out with this very important campaign.

 

Sounds of Silence 7th Annual Run/Walk – May 9, 2015

prcny-sos-run-general-flyer-2015-FINAL-i-LRJoin the Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York’s 7th annual run/walk to help raise funds in the effort to increase awareness of perinatal mood disorders, such as postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum OCD, and postpartum psychosis.   Not only is this for an excellent cause, it will be a nice opportunity to race (or walk) a beautiful 5K boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean.

Please note that this annual fundraiser was started back in 2009 by sisters Erin Mascaro and Lisa Reilly.  It was Lisa’s experience with postpartum depression (PPD) after the birth of her daughter–an experience so deeply painful and full of suffering (a suffering that many others like her feel forced to endure in silence) that was witnessed by Erin and other loved ones–that motivated Erin and Lisa to break the silence of PPD with the Sounds of Silence annual run/walk .  I only found out a few days ago that Lisa tragically succumbed to depression last fall. This year’s run/walk will be in memory of her.   Please help spread the word about this fundraiser by blogging or sharing the flyer on Facebook/Twitter.

Date:  Saturday, May 9, 2015

Time:  Registration from 8:00-9:00; race/walk begins at 9:30 AM.  There will be a Kids Fun Run, Raffles, Food and more.

Place:   Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, Long Island (Field 5)

Registration:  $25 (adults); $15 (ages 11-18); $5 (ages 10 and under); register here.

Other Race Details:  The top female and male runners, plus top fundraiser, will receive awards.  Back in 2009, I was one of the two top fundraisers, bringing in over $1,000 (as an individual).

For more information about the run/walk, please click here to visit the Postpartum Resource Center of New York site.

All proceeds will go towards supporting the important services the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (tax ID #11-3449880), provides to new mothers and their families.  To learn more about its services, go to:  http://postpartumny.org.

Sounds of Silence Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York. 7th Annual Run/Walk – May 10, 2014

Join the Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York’s 6th annual run/walk to help raise funds in the effort to increase awareness of perinatal mood disorders, such as postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum OCD, and postpartum psychosis.   Not only is this for an excellent cause, it will be a nice opportunity to race (or walk) a beautiful 5K boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean.

Date:  Saturday, May 10, 2014

Time:  Registration from 8:00-9:00; race/walk begins at 9:30 AM / 1:00am – Kids Fun Run, Raffles, Food and more

Place:   Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, Long Island (Field 5)

Registration:  $25 (adults); $15 (ages 11-18); $5 (ages 10 and under)

Other Race Details:  The top female and male runners, plus top fundraiser, will receive awards.  Back in 2009, I was one of the two top fundraisers, bringing in over $1,000 (as an individual).

Click here for more information on the Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.

3rd Annual Summer Gala to Benefit the Postpartum Resource Center of New York

You are invited to the 3rdAnnual Summer Gala to benefit the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc.’s programs and services!

Where:  Bayview House at Captain Bill’s Restaurant, 122 Ocean Avenue, Bay Shore, New York
When:  Thursday, August 15th, 6:30-10:30 pm
Honoring:

  • Community of Caring Award – Chris Lindsay-Abaire and Molly Peryer, MSW, Brooklyn PPD Support
  • Leadership Award – Angeles Davila, LCSW, Nassau County Perinatal Services Network’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Task Force
  • Outstanding Public Service Award -New York State Senator Liz Krueger
  • Pioneer Award – St. Catherine’s of Siena Medical Center’s Mothers’ Circle of Hope Postpartum Depression Support Group
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – Vanessa Barisano, RN, LCCE, ICP

Included:  Hor d’oeuvres, Dinner, Dancing, Top Shelf Open Bar, Raffles, and Silent Auction by Eagle Sports Promotions.  Lots of fun for a great cause!
Attire:  Cocktail Party Attire, please
Special Guest Appearance by:  Ciarán Sheehan, Star of Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera”
For ticket informationClick here


Postpartum Resource Center of New York
Helping to build healthy families and vibrant communities
in New York State since 1998

Serving New York State women and their families at risk for or experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder by increasing awareness and access to care by:

  • Increasing education, screening and treatment
  • Providing programs and services             
  • Training healthcare providers and peer supporters
  • Building community partnerships

Postpartum Resource Center of New York  109 Udall Road, West Islip, NY 11795
631-422-2255   Toll-free State-wide Helpline 1-855-631-0001 (Hablamos Espanol)
http://www.postpartumny.org

MotherWoman and The Raise for Women Challenge at Huffington Post

Just a very brief post today to let you know that I am both honored to be posting for the first time on Huffington Post and excited to have the opportunity to help spread awareness about MotherWoman and the wonderful work that they do and their participation in The Raise for Women Challenge running from April 24, 2003 – June 6, 2003.  The Huffington Post, Skoll Foundation and Half the Sky Movement have teamed up to launch this fundraiser to help get the word about 112 female-focused not-for-profit organizations.  The 3 organizations that raise the most money will earn cash prizes, and many other prizes will be given out as well.

For all my blog followers, please check out the other MotherWoman blog entries written by others who have been touched by the amazing work that they do, as well as my post titled Hindsight is 20/20: Taking Personal PPD Experiencing and Helping Other Moms when you get a moment, and please show me support over there by leaving me a comment.  I would so appreciate it!  :)

THANK YOU!!!
xoxo

Breakfast with Santa in West Islip, NY on December 8, 2012

In the West Islip, NY area on Saturday, December 8, 2012? Join the Breakfast with Santa charity event to benefit the programs and services of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York! There will be two seatings, one at 9am and one at 11am. The event will be held at Westminster United Presbyterian Church, 109 Udall Road, West Islip, NY. Tickets for ages 2 and above are $10 each, and covers the cost of a buffet breakfast served by Santa’s Elves, meeting with Santa, reindeer food, and a Christmas craft.  For tickets contact Santa’s Helper at 631/422-2255 or info@postpartumny.org. You can also click here for more details and to purchase tickets.  Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Upcoming Events in May 2012 – Raising Awareness/Fundraisers for Perinatal Mood Disorders

ILLINOIS:

With Mother’s Day around the corner with May fast approaching, it’s fitting that some states like Illinois observe a Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness month.  Healthcare Alternative Systems (H.A.S.) is gearing up for its Fifth Annual Treating Moms Well luncheon to raise funds in support of its Postpartum Depression Program.  This year, the luncheon will be at the Standard Club in Chicago on Friday, May 11th 2012. Click here to register. Click here to access the Treating Moms Well Facebook page to participate in a series of contests with fabulous prizes, including a $100 gift certificate to Sweet Pea’s Studio (good for a massage or yoga classes).  Click here to see pictures from last year’s luncheon.

Proceeds from this event will be used to raise awareness and provide postpartum depression (PPD) services to women with limited financial resources.  Services include clinical/psychiatric evaluations, individual and family psychotherapy, group therapy, medication, and case management.

H.A.S. has been a leading non-profit provider of English and Spanish behavioral health care in the Chicago area since 1974.  Additionally, H.A.S. offers the only community-based PPD program–not to mention it’s the only one of its kind available to Spanish-speaking women–in the State of Illinois.

NEW YORK:
[**I will be signing books**]

Join the Sounds of Silence Foundation’s 5th annual run/walk to help raise funds in the effort to increase awareness of perinatal mood disorders, such as postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum OCD, and postpartum psychosis.   Not only is this for an excellent cause, it will be a nice opportunity to race (or walk) a beautiful 5K boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean.

Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2012

Time:  Registration from 8:30-9:15; race/walk begins at 9:30 AM

Place:   Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, Long Island (Field 5)

Registration:  $25 (adults); $15 (11-18); $5 (10 and under); $3 additional on day of event.  Click here to register in advance.

Other Race Details:  The top female and male runners, plus top fundraiser, will receive awards.  Three years ago, I was one of the two top fundraisers, bringing in over $1,000 (as an individual).

Donation:  If you can’t participate in person but would like to make a tax-deductible donation (and encourage others to do so as well), please click here.  Proceeds from donations will benefit the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.

Click here for more information on the Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.