Lecture on managing stress during pregnancy

As many as 1 in 5 women struggle with their mental health in the perinatal period and the majority go untreated



A free public lecture on managing stress in the perinatal period is being hosted in Montreal on April 30. Entitled Maternal Mental Health Matters to us all, experts will educate mothers, mothers-to-be and the public about mental health before and after pregnancy. The goal is to ensure women and their support networks are aware of the impact of stress on the mother and her child’s cognitive development.

During the talk, participants will learn why managing stress is important (i.e., the science) and simple strategies that can help, as well as when and where to look for help – from support groups to therapists.  At the end, there will be map detailing support services across the greater Montreal area.

Guest lecturers and researchers will discuss the science behind mothers’ mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and stress, and how a mother’s mental health can affect a child’s cognitive development. Dr Hannah Schwartz, a clinical psychiatrist at St Mary’s, and two guests will be sharing their personal experiences.

Hosted by the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health, the lecture is part of several other events being held in Montreal for World Maternal Mental Health day on May 1.

The talk will take place at the Robert Palmer Howard Amphitheatre at McGill’s McIntyre medical building, 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Montreal and goes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register online to reserve a place. It is free to attend but donations are welcome at the door. For more information, click here.

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