In 2006, Suzanne Swanson, PhD, a St. Paul psychologist, became a Minnesota Coordinator for Postpartum Support International (PSI) - www.postpartum.net, an organization dedicated to helping women and families who are suffering from perinatal mental health disorders. Later she began meeting with Minnesota mental health practitioners with expertise and interest in perinatal issues.
Resource List By 2007 Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM) created a resource list, The Minnesota Perinatal Mental Health Resource List. This list remains an important resource to Minnesota women and families, hospitals, clinics, childbirth education classes, doula & midwifery practices, etc.
Later, the PPSM Support & Resource HelpLine was launched. Peer counselors with an interest in perinatal mental health and the well-being of new families were trained to provide one-on-one phone support. Each call or email is taken by a mental health professional, and then referred to a peer counselor if requested to provide more support. New parents, their families and providers use the HelpLine to find local, regional, and national resources.
PPSM is proud to be a member of the Minnesota Better Birth Coalition which along with many other professional advocates and organizations, has worked with the Minnesota Legislature to promote and pass bills promoting maternal and family well being.
In 2013, PPSM co-hosted the 26th Postpartum Support International (PSI) Annual Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center. People came from all over the state and U.S. to share information, research, and inspiration about helping mothers and dads make health and successful transitions into parenthood.
We have also received proclamation from Governor Mark Dayton that May is Maternal Mental Health Month in the state of MN. Click here to see the proclamation: Proclamation2014
Additionally, PPSM professionals provide talks, trainings, and in-services to parent and professional audiences on topics surrounding perinatal mental health.
Today PPSM is Co-Directed by Crystal Clancy and Lisa Cross. Together this team provides a wonderful balance for the vision of where PPSM needs to be. Crystal and Lisa are a humorous team who have fun in all that they do for this organization. They work tirelessly to stay in touch with what the state needs. They are strong advocates for better healthcare to new families in the Twin Cities. They feel fortunate to have such an amazing and hard working steering committee under them to help accomplish all of PPSM's goals. Both state that they feel grateful everyday to work with wonderful volunteers who share their same passion for Maternal Mental Health. Both Crystal and Lisa suffered personally from Postpartum Depression (Crystal) and Postpartum Anxiety (Lisa)
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