Whereas since 2016 a multidisciplinary group of maternal mental health activists, academics, clinicians, and people with lived experience come together internationally once a year to raise awareness for maternal mental health services for all; and

Whereas in many countries, as many as 1 in 5 new mothers experience some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD). These illnesses frequently go unnoticed and untreated, often with tragic and long term consequences to both mother and child; and

Whereas no one is immune! Mothers of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options available to help people recover; and

Whereas increasing awareness will improve the quality of care for people experiencing various PMADs and reduce the stigma of maternal mental illness.

Mental health professionals, friends and relatives are encouraged to check in on new mothers. Raising awareness of maternal mental health issues will drive social change so more mothers will get treatment and fewer will suffer.

Therefore I, Mayor Lynn Dollin, on behalf of the Town of Innisfil do hereby Mayor Lynn Dollin proclaim May 4, 2022, as World Maternal Mental Health Day