Currently, our United States Congress has a bill making no progress, but designed to address Postpartum depression in the most basic way: by allowing the Department of Health & Human Services to make grants to States for screening and treatment for maternal depression. Each house of Congress has a bill proposed (Senate: S. 2311; House: H. 3235), but each is delayed (and has been for months!).
We need you to contact your Senators and Representative to have them shake a leg and make this a reality. That, unfortunately, requires a little leg-work on your part, but we’ve given you as much as we can right here. Note that all links are external, and will open in new tabs.
Look up your representatives & send them an email:
Copy the following into your subject line:
Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015 (H.R. 3235/S. 2311)
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Do you know the #1 complication of pregnancy and childbirth? Anxiety and depression.
These illnesses affect up to 1 in 5 new or expectant mothers, turning a joyful period into a fog of sadness, loneliness, and isolation.
Statistically speaking, at least 20,000 women in Virginia will suffer postpartum depression each year.
Fortunately, several of your colleagues in the United States Congress have introduced legislation
to increase and improve screening and treatment for women with postpartum depression.
Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015 (H.R. 3235 / S. 2311) calls for making grants to States to establish, expand, or maintain programs for maternal depression screening and treatment.
At the state-level, Governor Hogan has already shown he understands the importance of trying to manage PPD by signing into law the creation of a year-long Task Force. Please add your voice to this important topic and become a CO-SPONSOR of this bill.
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