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2014-05-02 at 13:33

Province invests $245K for postpartum project expansion

By Leith Dunick,
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Nancy Chamberlain says 20 years ago, several women walked into the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre and announced they were suffering from postpartum mood disorder.

At the time, counselors weren’t sure what to do.

“At the time, we knew very little about postpartum mood disorder,” Chamberlain said Friday, speaking to a North Bay audience, gathered for an $245,1000 announcement on the expansion of the Northern Ontario Postpartum Mood Disorder Project.

Two decades later and Chamberlain says treatment of PPMD has come a long way. But there’s still plenty of work left to be done.

The money, provided through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will be used to gather personal stories from women and men suffering from the disorder, which will then be used to let new parents know they’re not alone.

According to the latest data, one in five women suffers from PPMD. But one in 10 men also are afflicted, as are one in 30 adoptive parents.

Until a year ago, when the project was first launched in the North Bay area, there hadn’t been any attempt to create a province-wide strategy.

It’s well beyond due, Chamberlain said. And for good reason, she added.

“I think the interesting part of it is it often doesn’t get diagnosed,” she said. “It also hides within anxiety and depression.”

Northern Superior Regional Chief Peter Collins admitted he wasn’t familiar with the seriousness of PPMD, but given the growing birth rates in First Nations communities, he’s fully aware it’s a problem. Unfortunately in many communities, access to counseling isn’t readily available.

That’s why he supports the expansion of the PPMD project.

“It’s a challenge for our young parents to deal with this issue,” Collins said. “There’s work that needs to be one on the First Nations on PPMD.”

It’s a rough time for young parents, he added.
“They’re struggling. They don’t understand why they’re struggling. This is another step in the right direction to help and guide the parents in our communities, and not just our communities,” Collins said.

The PPMD project is a partnership with the Thunder Bay Counselling centre, the Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing and the B’saanibamaadsiwin Aboriginal Menthal Health Program.


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pc says:
Another waste of tax payers money.
People have known for generations about PPD. We know it is there and most people know if they need help with it or not.
But men suffering from it. Give me a break. The only thing they are suffering from is lack of attention due to the baby taking up the mom (wife) time. And taking it from the husband or father.
Offer to help with some of the chores and your wife will smile more and you will get the attention you need and crave.
So men grow up and get over it.
5/2/2014 5:03:20 PM
Girardin says:
Get with the times, granny. You obviously aren't a modern parent.
5/3/2014 3:03:10 PM
pc says:
you are right. I am a parent who raised her children and every time something went wrong I did not run to the nearest shrink to tell me something was wrong and maybe get disability or government grants to fix a problem that can be fixed by a dr. or a caring family or friend.
We have parental leave at jobs now and the husband can take time off to help with the things that don't get done due to PPD. A lot of the problem is that the mother becomes overwhelmed with all the changes to her body and her life. So yes partners help out a bit more.
It is not a cure but when the house is neat and the beds made the children fed a lot of pressure is taken off the mother so she can concentrate on her own health and the well being of the child.
Do you think this is the first generation to deal with this problem? It has been going on since humans started having children.
It wasn't talked about until this one since we didn't have Dr. Phil and Oprah telling us to bare all to the public.
5/3/2014 9:41:44 PM
Ringettemom says:
If you think this is solved by someone helping a woman with the dishes you are callously ignorant of the issue, what a terrible comment.
5/3/2014 5:42:45 PM
pc says:
Almost every woman suffers to some extent with PPD.
And yes someone coming in and giving a hand when the mother is overwhelmed is a start to the healing.
I have children and no it was not a callous comment it was speaking from experience.
Seeing many families cope with a new baby, the ones where the partnership is equal there is less depression because the stress of doing it all is not there.
When the new mother tries to be there for everything it is harder to bond with the new born because she has to look after the house and the rest of the family and she just does not have the strength to do that.
Husbands saying they suffer from it as well is mainly their own fault.
So yes give a hand around the house. It will help the new mother and things will go more smoothly. She will have time to adjust not only to her body chemistry but to the new role she has to play.
I am not callous I am a realist. All the studies will not do much for the women because each woman is different.
5/3/2014 9:51:55 PM
cazam says:
Sorry but I just couldn't resist, how do you watch a TELEconference?
5/2/2014 5:14:33 PM
dan dan says:
On the TELEvision!
5/3/2014 5:15:35 PM
BuddhaMum says:
Dear PC. Reading your comments has made me realize there is a long way to go in educating the public about PPMD and that is why this funding is so important. Consider yourself one of the lucky mothers who did not suffer from PPMD. Respectfully, I would like to say you have a lot to learn. A bad mood and a MOOD DISORDER are not the same thing. To say a neat house, help with chores, and fed children will make a parent suffering from PPMD feel better is just plain ignorant. I suffered from PPMD with both of my children but refused to acknowledge it with my first because of people like you telling me I just needed to get more rest and "take better care" of myself. I finally got professional help when my second was almost a year old that involved counselling and medication. My life changed for the better thanks to understanding people who understood I wasn't just a whiner looking for sympathy. My mind was ill and I needed help.
Thank goodness you're not a mental health worker!
5/7/2014 10:12:23 AM
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