May 2018: Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

WHEREAS, mental health is a part of overall health; and,

WHEREAS, mental health helps to sustain an individual’s thought processes, relationships, productivity and ability to adapt to change or face adversity; and,

WHEREAS, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, postpartum depression is the most common, yet most under-diagnosed, obstetrical complication in the country impacting women, infants and their families; and,

WHEREAS, maternal mental health disorders occur during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum and can include mild to severe depression and anxiety; and,

WHEREAS, early identification and treatment can make a profound difference in the successful management of mental illness and recovery; and,

WHEREAS, it is important to maintain mental health and to learn the symptoms of mental illness in order to get help when it is needed; and,

WHEREAS, every citizen and community can make a difference in helping end the silence and stigma that for too long has surrounded mental illness and discouraged people from getting help; and,

WHEREAS, this month we increase awareness of postpartum depression with the aim of reducing the stigma of maternal mental illness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2018 as Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month in Michigan.