Released on May 3, 2017Women across Saskatchewan who struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety, or feelings of loss following a miscarriage, stillbirth or death of a newborn, now have easier access to help.
“Our clinicians provide emotional support, coping strategies and information on resources in the community,” HealthLine Director Roberta Wiest said. “The program is integrated with other areas of the health care system and provides timely access. We have received positive feedback from clients indicating the program has made a difference for them.”
“This program has been a lifeline,” Maria Moheno-Garcia said. “I look back to when I first started and where I am now. What a difference. I know I will be a better person because of this experience. We need to get the word out to other women that there is a safe place to talk to someone.”
The Maternal Wellness Program provides support to clients until they can see their primary care provider or a mental health clinician, or when the client shows improvement and support is no longer needed. The program began as a pilot project in Cypress and Kelsey Trail health regions in 2013, and has since expanded province-wide.
Between March 2016 and March 2017, it served more than 360 clients.
Anyone with a physical or mental health concern can call HealthLine 811 for advice anytime. The service is available 24/7, free and confidential.
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