BE AN ADVOCATE FOR MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health challenges are among the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Become an advocate and call on policymakers to create #BlanketChange by prioritizing the mental health of our nation’s moms and moms-to-be.

Mental health challenges are among the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Become an advocate and call on policymakers to create #BlanketChange by prioritizing the mental health of our nation’s moms and moms-to-be.

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Become an advocate for our nation’s moms.

Join our Action Network and call on legislators to support mental health legislation.

Post a message on social media using this toolkit. Tag a friend so they can learn more about the issues and join the movement.

Watch this webinar recording to learn more about becoming an advocate.

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Many women experience mental health challenges during pregnancy and the postpartum period. When left untreated, these disorders can have serious medical, societal and economic consequences. It's long overdue to spotlight moms' mental health and implement policies to improve screening, diagnosis and treatment that can create #BlanketChange.

Use this advocate toolkit to learn about maternal mental health challenges facing moms across the U.S. and to help educate legislators and stakeholders in your community.

BECOMING AN ADVOCATE

Learn how to be an advocate and connect with your legislators.

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Customizable Maternal Mental Health materials

Download and update these materials based on your location and/or organization
and use them in your outreach to legislators.

  • March of Dimes position statement: Our statement and policy recommendations around maternal mental health.
  • Factsheet: A factsheet helps identify your organization or group with a particular issue, answers frequently-asked questions and provides statistics and other facts to inform and educate elected officials. Add state specific information, group or organization information, or graphics and charts to this template.
  • Talking points: Brief speaking points to aid you in meeting with policymakers.
  • Testimony: Verbal or written testimony to help you educate policymakers about the impact of the proposed legislation.
  • Op-ed: A written article ready to be customized with local information for publication in a local newspaper.
  • State health proclamation: Proclamations are used to draw attention to an issue, dedicate a month or day for awareness, and/or highlight the need for policy solutions. This proclamation serves as a template that can be used with an elected official.
  • Resources list: A list of additional resources on maternal mental health.