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What We Can’t See Still Matters—and Maybe More

Moms Need More Advocates

Despite the prevalence of maternal depression—up to 80 percent of mothers experience some range of symptoms—too many moms don’t get the help they need to heal. And when a mother’s health suffers, her child’s health often suffers too. As family members, community health workers, clinicians, and public health stakeholders, you are all key advocates for helping more mothers receive depression screenings and referrals. Register for a webinar on driving change at the community, state and federal level. And share this issue brief so that more people can learn about maternal depression and understand how they can help moms receive care.  

Eliminate Childhood Trauma

This is how then 14-year-old Aliza Murphy described her mental health a year and a half after a young boy fired a gun in her middle school classroom. Aliza is not alone. Nearly half of American children are affected by childhood trauma, beginning right from the earliest moments of life and continuing through adolescence. Here, Aliza’s mother and NICHQ Project Director Colleen Murphy explains why health improvement initiatives need to seek systems that support all aspects of children’s health, even those that are invisible.

Building Blocks for Lifelong Mental Health

Strong early social and emotional development gives children the building blocks for lifelong mental health. Pediatric primary care can help children build this foundation by fostering social and emotional development in the same way it focuses on physical health and cognitive development. Interested in learning more?

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