Ask the Question is a campaign designed to enlist those who know, care for, or care about a new mom to ask her the simple question, “How are you?” Find out how she is feeling and coping in the weeks and months after giving birth.
The Ask the Question campaign provides support to a new mother, giving her permission to talk about her feelings. If necessary, you may raise awareness of postpartum depression and encourage her to seek treatment for this medical illness.
Let the new mom in your life know that if she’s feeling down, anxious, or depressed, there is help ... there is hope ... and she is not alone. Pledge now and ask the question.
World Maternal Mental Health Day draws attention to essential health concerns for mothers and families. Life changes around pregnancy make women more vulnerable to mental illness.
The negative cycle of poverty and mental illness impact on a woman’s ability to function and thrive. This may also directly affect her foetus or child, with long-lasting physical, cognitive and emotional outcomes. Mental health care provides the necessary support to empower women to identify resources and personal capabilities. This can enhance their resilience to difficult life circumstances and support them to nurture their children optimally. Caring for mothers is a positive intervention for long-term social development.
During this May's National Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health is encouraging organizations, communities and individuals to #connectthedots and become a partner to raise awareness for the number one complication of childbirth to connect families, communities and providers to ensure every mother and baby thrive.
The Blue Dot is the international symbol for maternal mental health awareness.
The Blue Dot was created by Peggy O’Neil Nosti, a mom who suffered from postpartum anxiety with her third child who wanted to find a way to let other moms know they were not alone. Peggy created a subtle image of a blue dot and a silver lining and put it on magnets and stickers.
The symbol is being used in the National Coalition's social media awareness materials and by member organizations in new ways to promote solidarity and awareness. The symbol may be used by any one to promote awareness of these disorders.