Maternal Mental Health Disorders include a range of disorders and symptoms, including but not limited to depression, anxiety and psychosis. These disorders and symptoms can occur during pregnancy and/or the postpartum period. When left untreated these disorders can cause devastating consequences for the mother, her baby, her family and society at large.
These illnesses can be caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social stressors, such as lack of social support, a family history of mental illness, or a previous experience with these disorders. Maternal anxiety and maternal depression are the most common complications of childbirth, impacting up to 1 in 5 women. Unfortunately, many women are not universally screened for, nor treated.
Therapy Plus dedicates services grounded in advancing health equity in marginalized communities. We advocate for programs, policies, and practices that address health disparities with the goal of equity in maternal wellness and mental health. We focus on initiatives that specifically address racial and economic inequities; and we endeavor to ensure that all childbearing women are routinely educated about and screened for maternal mental health conditions and have access to quality care.
Since 2020, Therapy Plus has worked with the Mississippi State Department of Health and their Maternal and Infant Health Bureau. Therapy Plus also regularly collaborates with regional and local agencies that advocate for maternal mental health.