A Sign of Hope in the News, Friday 29 January 2016

This week an important story about depression got prominent play on the front page of The New York Times.

Panel Urges Screening for Maternal Depression should come as encouraging news to all those who care about mental health awareness and advocacy.

Government-appointed experts have called for wide screening based on evidence that depression in women both during and after pregnancy is far more prevalent than previously thought.

So what’s the good news? Until recently, post-partum depression was stigmatized and hardly discussed.  Today, the issue occupies its rightful place at the top of the national public health agenda.

The study and the well-placed article on the front page of The NY Times is evidence of dramatically shifting public attitudes toward the illness.

We wanted to share the article in case you missed it. We also want to thank public figures like Brooke Shields – who spoke at our HOPE Luncheon in 2009 about her own experience with post-partum depression. Her bravery and her book brought the issue into public light a decade ago.

Thank you for being part of the HDRF community.  Your support is capable of changing the world as we work to advance the understanding and treatment of depression.

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