California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative

Vibrant families equal lively, healthy communities, which in turn create a strong and thriving California.  A woman is the cornerstone of that family.  Studies indicate that roughly 13% of women will experience some form of depression during pregnancy or after birth, yet most will go undiagnosed and untreated.  


At the encouragement of the California Legislature and with the chaptering of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 105 (2010), known as the Healthy Mothers Act, we’re pleased to inform you of the formation of the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. ACR 105 first declared the month of May Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. In continuing on this work, the Legislature supported ACR 53 (2011), known as the Kelly Abraham Martinez Act, which stressed prevention through awareness of risk factors and triggers.


In recognition of May as Perinatal Mental Health and Maternal Depression Awareness Month, the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative is hosting several events on May 7th, 2012, in partnership with the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, Postpartum Support International, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District IX, the Junior League of Los Angeles, the Junior Leagues of California’s State Public Affairs Committee, and the Office of Assemblymember Roger Hernández.


Please join the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative on Monday, May 7th, 2012, for a morning press conference at 9:15am on the East Steps of the Capitol, an expert panel discussion and forum on Emerging Treatments for Maternal Mental Health” at 10:15am in Committee Room 4202, and finally, a networking lunch reception at 12:45pm at Chop’s.  For a more detailed information, please see the attached invitation.


Come and hear from leading physicians and practitioners of telemedicine and e-health from Colorado and North Carolina about maternal depression and solutions that have been featured on National Public Radio and have shown great promise.


For more information and to register, please visit:


You may also simply stop by. We hope to see you at one of our events on May 7th!