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Mental Health Week: “Postpartum Depression: Are we doing enough?”

Toronto, Ontario
May 8, 2013

7:00-9:00 p.m.
University of Toronto Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre on 89 Chestnut Street, 2nd floor, Giovanni Room

Juno-nominated Canadian singer-songwriter and mental health advocate Amy Sky will be joining a Life with a Baby panel on postpartum depression along with leading experts during Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mental Health Week to discuss whether enough is being done in the Canadian medical system to treat and prevent postpartum depression, anxiety and mood disorders among women (PPMD). According to the CMHA, one in five mothers will experience a postpartum mood disorder after the birth of their child.
“Mothers need to be able to be a part of an open conversation about postpartum depression, hear from others who have successfully battled the condition, and be encouraged to come forward and present themselves for treatment if they need it,” says Sky.
Sky will be joined by Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, University of Toronto professor and Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health. Dr. Dennis is a leading researcher in the field of PPMD and is currently running a study on the detection, prevention and treatment of perinatal depression and anxiety. Dr. Dennis is also the Shirley Brown Chair in women's mental health research at Women's College Research Institute.
The panel will also feature author and alternative mental health advocate Patricia Tomasi who will share her own experience and the latest research on the benefits of meditation, yoga and complimentary therapies in the treatment of PPMD.
Panel expert and organizer Claire Zlobin is the founder of the Life With a Baby program, a non-profit organization she started after finding little resources in her community to connect with other women during her own battle with postpartum anxiety. The GTA-centered organization with a membership base of over 4000 families recently celebrated its five year anniversary  announcing future plans to expand chapters nation-wide.
The panel will be moderated by Hiltrud Dawson, a nurse, midwife and lactation consultant with extensive experience in the maternal newborn field and a health promotion consultant with the Best Start Resource Centre/Health Nexus.
Mental Health Week is an annual national event that takes place during the first week in May “to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.” This year’s Mental Health Week will be taking place from May 6-12.
The panel will be open to the general public and admission is free. Register at