Mom’s mental health resources are needed, send a letter to the editor!
Make sure lawmakers know maternal mental health matters! Send an LTE today!
Now that the US is focused on the importance of increasing mental health services, it is crucial that new mothers are included in that conversation.
Maternal mental health conditions, like postpartum depression and anxiety, are the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting 800,000 women in the US each year. Yet approximately 75% of women report going untreated. The abysmal rates of diagnosis and effective treatment contribute to making suicide one of the leading causes of death in the first year after a baby is born.
This crisis is even more pronounced for new mothers of color who have almost twice the rate of postpartum depression as white moms. Black women, in particular, are half as likely to receive treatment for these conditions as white women.
But our lawmakers need to hear why maternal mental health matters to the voters in their communities.
Letters to the editor are an incredibly powerful way to make sure our elected leaders get the message. Lawmakers are reading their local papers to get a sense of what matters to people in their community. Can you help make sure funding for maternal mental health makes it to the top of their agenda by sending a quick letter now?
It’s easy! We’ll lead you through a quick process to write a letter to the editor. This tool is pretty magical—just copy, paste, and edit one of our pre-drafted letters (or draft your own—we’ve provided talking points, too!) and send it to your paper with a few clicks.
Just add your information in the form and click ‘NEXT’ to get started.