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Maternal mental health disorders like postpartum depression are the #1 complication of childbirth. Not only are women impacted but fathers are too. 1 in 10 report having perinatal mental health disorders following the birth of a child. And if you still think this isn't a concern for you or your organization, how many parents do you have on staff? New parents and those with various aged children alike are all suffering which impacts the entire family and if you think it will not impact productivity and work flow think again. 61% of employees report that their mental health has an impact on their work and their ability to be productive. A study by Aetna concluded that approximately $110 billion (yes billion) per year on treatment of depression alone. Learn more about the cost of mental health in the workplace With so many at risk we need to ensure we have awareness and a wellness plan in place that serves all employees needs from parents to those without children. Mental health services are not a luxury but a must. Given that a majority of women of childbearing age in the United States are now employed outside the home (U.S. Department of Labor 2015), it is important to recognize the impact of peripartum or postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety (PPA) on occupational outcomes. Maternal Mental Health Week 2020 is about promoting and supporting our mothers and families through the mental health challenges that arise. How can you help? -Supportive work environment -Access to care and EAP -Do not make assumptions about a woman's mental state or that they will seek help if they really need it -Promote screening -Provide outlets to connect -Provide resources and education to help Resources: Center for Workplace Mental Health: Postpartum and Depression CDC: Resources for Women's Mental Health Postpartum Support International National Suicide Prevention Mom's Mental Health Matters Postpartum Depression Awareness (video) American Psychological Association Healthy Women
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