I had a great opportunity to participate in the 2013 Postpartum Support International pre-conference training and annual conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota this past June. It was an amazing event.
I had not been able to attend an annual PSI conference since before 2005, back when I was a volunteer coordinator. It was like going back home after a long journey. Seeing old friends and making new friends was an added bonus to attending the 2013 conference.
The wealth of information I received at the training and conference will better equip me to advocate for women and families dealing with mental health issues related to childbearing. The 2 day training on Perinatal Mood Disorders updated me in many areas from the spectrum of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to screening, social support as well as alternative and complimentary therapies. PSI conducts the trainings all around the world. More information on the trainings can be found on the PSI website www.postpartum.net under PSI Professional Training Programs.
The 26th annual conference brought together professionals, advocates, volunteers and many others all of whom are striving to meet PSI’s mission to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of maternal mental health issues related to childbearing in every community worldwide. The theme of the conference was Innovation and Advocacy to Support the Mental Health of Pregnant and Postpartum Families.
I had the honor and privilege to be a presenter on a panel at the conference. As a presenter on the panel, I, along with the other panel members, shared how a personal experience with mental illness related to childbearing was overcome and how the experience now enables us help others. I was humbled to share the platform with several amazing women.
In addition to presenting at the conference, I was able to participate in the two day conference attending sessions on Birth Trauma, Strengthening Perinatal Families, Promoting Maternal Mental Health through a Community-Based Support Model as well as Postpartum Psychosis and the Law. One of my favorite breakouts was the Maternal Mental Health Legislation and Advocacy Workshop.
It was my first time visiting Minnesota. I was impressed with the city of Minneapolis. Although the training and conference filled up most of my time in Minneapolis, I did get to enjoy fellowship and dining at a couple local restaurants as well as attend a lovely after-party at the home of the moderator of the panel in which I participated.
It is wonderful to come together with such amazing people, who are all working towards similar goals and striving to make positive changes in maternal mental health. I look forward to the 27th Annual Conference in 2014.
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