Maternal Mental Health Task Force recommends postpartum depression interventions

Last week, the Maternal Mental Health Task Force recommended creating maternity care centers to combat the maternal mental health crisis, as cases of postpartum depression have dramatically increased since 2010. News articles about this recommendation, which have been circulating on social media, explain that there is inadequate screening and support for postpartum depression in the United States, which has driven higher rates of mental illness, suicide, and drug overdoses among people who have recently given birth.

Recommendation: Articles about maternal mental health provide an opportunity to educate target populations on available mental health resources for pregnant and postpartum people, including counseling, support groups, local mental health centers, and the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline. These trending conversations also provide an opportunity to push out existing content and messaging that outlines postpartum depression warning signs.