In April 2011, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution declaring May Perinatal Depression Awareness Month. The resolution was authored by Mark Ridley Thomas of the Second District and the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force. A photograph of the beautiful resolution and its meaningful text follows.
WHEREAS, over 150,000 babies are born annually in the county and policymakers must prioritize maternal mental health to ensure healthy pregnancies, births, and infant and child development; perinatal depression and other mood disorders are serious and debilitating, but treatable, and affect all populations regardless or race, ethnicity, culture, age or education; perinatal depression can take many forms, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis; and
WHEREAS, education and understanding of risk factors can reduce stigma and help families connect with informed and supportive community resources; the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force as a volunteer public and private network dedicated to promoting maternal mental health through education, treatment and training;
NOW, THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles hereby proclaims the month of May as perinatal depression awareness month to facilitate increased awareness and education about perinatal depression, to encourage the use of screening tools and to improve the availability of effective treatment and support services.
Adopted by the order of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles, State of California
April 20, 2011