On Sunday October 28, 2012, the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force is hosting its third annual Speak Up When You’re Down Gala at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, CA. The goal of the gala is to honor local women who have survived postpartum depression and the friends, family and providers who have supported them.
This year, our honorees include: radio journalist Madeleine Brand; Kurt Streeter, LA Times Journalist; and Joy Burkhard, founder of the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. The gala will feature a cocktail reception, delicious sit down dinner, an exciting silent auction and live entertainment. Up to 500 individuals from across Los Angeles County will be in attendance.
Tickets start at $100. Click here to to purchase them online. Sponsorship packages are also available.
About Perinatal Depression
Of the approximately 150,000 live births occurring in Los Angeles County each year, over 22,000 women experience clinical perinatal depression. Perinatal or maternal depression encompasses a range of mood disorders that can affect a woman during pregnancy and around the time of birth. Left untreated, maternal depression leads to long-term depression in the mother, a lack of emotional availability for the baby and detrimental outcomes in the development of the fetus, newborn and developing child. The good news is that these conditions are often preventable and highly treatable.
About the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force
The mission of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force is to remove barriers to the prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County. Founded in 2007, the Task Force is a coalition composed of over 35 public and private non-profit agencies as well community leaders, research partners and advocates for mothers, infants, and families. It also includes grassroots participation by survivors of maternal depression and affected family members. Through its programs and initiatives, the Task Force aims to raise public awareness of the disorder so that women who are suffering are not ashamed or embarrassed to seek help, increase perinatal depression screening and referral rates among community and health care providers and advocate for legislation that supports the identification and treatment of perinatal depression.
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