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Community Strategies

Maternal mental health disorders are a major public health problem, affecting thousands of women, children, and families. Communities all around the country are mobilizing to identify and address perinatal depression and anxiety, and to support pregnant and parenting families. Use this page to learn more about how to engage partners, raise awareness, and develop networks in your community.

Tools and resources for community mobilization

Engaging partners and mobilizing communities to support families and improve perinatal mental health is challenging. The following tools and websites can be used to plan and implement effective community initiatives.

Maternal mental health initiatives in Oregon

Communities across Oregon are organizing to improve perinatal mental health and support prenatal and postpartum families. The information and links below highlight a few of these initiatives.

Maternal mental health initiatives in other states

Many states and communities around the country have developed perinatal mental health initiatives – including public awareness campaigns, provider education, social support programs, specialized hospital-based treatment programs, and community systems-building projects. The information and links below highlight just a few.

Provider Support and Education Projects

IowaPerinatal Depression Project

Indiana: Perinatal Network

Massachusetts: North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force

Regional Massachusetts maternal depression project