Description: This webinar will highlight Depression in Mothers: More Than the Blues Toolkit, developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with experts in the fields of mental health and maternal and child health. This user-friendly toolkit offers background information about depression. It also offers ideas that providers can use when helping mothers, and their families, who may be suffering from depression. During this webinar, presenters will provide an overview of the toolkit framework and components. They will discuss how the toolkit can be used to work with mothers and their families representing diverse populations in rural communities. The information and resources provided during this webinar will benefit the early childhood workforce who interacts with pregnant women and new mothers. It will be especially useful to Women Infants and Children Program (WIC) staff, home visitors, and Healthy Start workers already working with families to raise awareness and understanding about maternal depression. Please join SAMHSA to learn more about how you can best support pregnant women, and mothers of young children and their families, who may be at risk for or experiencing depression.
Objectives: Participants in today’s webinar will:
- Learn about the framework and components of the toolkit;
- Learn how the toolkit can be used when helping mothers and their families from diverse backgrounds living in rural communities.
• Yanique Edmond, Ph.D., Senior Public Health Advisor, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
• Deborah F. Perry, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation, Research Professor, Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University.
• Phuonglan Nguyen, MSW, Young Child Wellness Specialist, Maternal Wellness & Early Childhood Unit, Children, Youth and Families Branch, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Karen B. Francis, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)