May 2015
EWSE Webinar Series is Back! 
Join us May 6, 2015 at 12pmEST for a webinar on "Who's Making the Decision?" Strategies for a Client-Centered Reproductive Life Plan. We will discuss the  complexities and opportunities of implementing reproductive life planning in healthcare settings and in public health programs. Registration is not required but space is very limited.  The webinar will be recorded and archived on our website.
A Lifelong Struggle for Mental Wellness 
Lessons from the Mental Hospital | Glennon Doyle Melton | TEDxTraverseCity
Lessons from the Mental Hospital | Glennon Doyle Melton | TEDxTraverseCity
In this TED Talk, Glennon Doyle Melton, author of the New York Times Bestseller, CARRY ON, WARRIOR, speaks about her struggles with mental health. Here she unleashes her wit, courage and irreverence to call us to accept ourselves exactly as we are today, but also inspires us to live bolder, more meaningful lives for others.
Call for Papers! 
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions for an upcoming issue focusing on postpartum health and wellness. Papers on any aspect of postpartum are welcome, including policy briefs, original research, commentaries, perspectives in practices, evaluation, program implementation, and lit reviews. Deadline is 10/15/15. Click here for more information about manuscript submissions.
Important New Clinical Trial Enrolling Patients for Early Onset Preeclampsia

 

Preeclampsia- a serious womens' health issue and is a life threatening, progressive condition that occurs in approximately 5-8% of pregnancies during the 2nd or 3rd trimester. The cause of preeclampsia is unknown, but the number of cases is growing. More than 200,000 US pregnancies are affected by preeclampsia each year.  Early onset preeclampsia that arises between 23-30 weeks of gestation is particularly devastating, as it leads to the birth of severely premature babies. Risk factors for preeclampsia include previous family history of preeclampsia, history of high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease or organ transplant, obesity, over 40 or under 18 years of age and multiple births. Also, African American women have 3x the incidence of preeclampsia than the general population. Currently, delivery of the baby and placenta is the only known treatment for preeclampsia.
The PRESERVE -1 Clinical Trial
Preliminary evidence in published studies suggests benefits to administering antithrombin to pregnant women diagnosed with preeclampsia.  Studies show improvements in the mothers' systolic blood pressure, improved uteroplacental circulation and/or prolonged pregnancy.  A clinical trial using ATryn ® (antithrombin recombinant) produced by rEVO Biologics, has been initiated in the Southeast region.  The trial is assessing whether ATryn® prolongs pregnancy in mothers with early onset preeclampsia and reduces the high rates of perinatal mortality and disability it causes.  If successful, this would be a significant clinical breakthrough for reducing pre-term births and infant mortality.
Physicians and health professionals who would like more information about the PRESERVE-1 trial and a list of Clinical Sites in the Southeast Region should contact Rick Finnegan, SVP Program Management, rEVO Biologics at 978-500-3354 or rick.finnegan@revobiologics.com or visit the PRESERVE-1 study website.

 

Resources

Click here to view an infographic highlighting tips to improve mental health. 

The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. Visit their site to view information about mental disorders affecting women.
 
The National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health unites members from national organizations devoted to addressing maternal mental health. Their goal is to engage stakeholders, advocate for change in policies and practices, and raise awareness.
 

Addressing the Needs of Women and Girls: Core Competencies for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Professionals. This report provides mental health and substance abuse professionals with a comprehensive overview of the unique prevention, treatment and recovery skills and practices, including trauma-informed care, available to effectively serve women and girls. It is useful for the full spectrum of behavioral health professionals.  

 

Mental Health America (MHA) is a community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Much of their current work is guided by the Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4) philosophy - that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process.  

 Women's Mental Health

 
It's never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you! Every Woman Southeast will join the Office of Women's Health for the National Women's Health Week social media campaign May 10 - 16, 2015. Join us by posting health messages through Twitter! Tweet us directly at @EveryWomanSE and use the hashtags #NWHW, #WellWoman, or #CheckupDay in your messages! Please visit the National Women's Health Week website to:

In celebration of women's health week our focus in May is on raising awareness about women's mental health. 

Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. However, anxiety disorders are serious and occur earlier in women than in men. From the time a girl reaches puberty until the age of 50, she is twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder. There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, though the five major types include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. Collectively, they are among the most common mental disorders experienced by Americans.
Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a serious medical problem that causes shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function. These are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. There is no cure for bipolar disorder. But proper treatment can help most women with the disorder gain better control of their mood swings and related symptoms.
Depression
Depression is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. It is important to not that depression and anxiety disorders are not the same. However, even the most severe cases, depression can be treated. The sooner treatment begins, the more effective it is. The first step to getting appropriate treatment is to visit a doctor.
Eating Disorders
All too often does today's society idealize the concept of "thinness." As a result, women are rarely satisfied with their body image and often feel great anxiety and pressure to achieve and/or maintain a certain appearance. Eating disorders are illnesses that causes serious disturbances to the everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating. Specific forms of psychotherapy, or talk therapy, and medication are effective for many eating disorders.
Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is one of the most chronic and disabling of mental health disorders. It is a disorder that causes symptoms of psychosis, such as: hallucinations (hearing voices or seeing things that don't exist); delusions (bizarre thoughts that are not based on truth or fact); disordered thinking; and social withdrawal. Although equal numbers of men and women are affected with this disorder, women with schizophrenia may have more depressive symptoms, paranoia, and auditory hallucinations than men. Fortunately, treatments such as medications, when used regularly and as prescribed, can help reduce and control many symptoms; however, like diabetes or high blood pressure, schizophrenia is a chronic disorder that needs constant management.

Addictive Disorders

Nothing can predict whether or not a person will become addicted to drugs. But there are some risk factors for drug addiction, including biology, environment, and development. Although there are many similarities between men and women when it comes to drug use and addiction, there are also many differences. Some of the differences for women center on the physical effects of addiction while others focus on how women relate to their families, their communities and their children. For women who are having problems with addiction, there is Hope, there is Help, and there is Healing.

 

Mental Health Resources
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. They are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in the community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. Click here to find your state's affiliate.
 
Women's Reproductive Mental Health across the Lifespan. In this book you'll find a thoughtfully edited chronicle of the unique convergence of genetic, hormonal, social, and environmental forces that influence a woman's mental health over the course of her life. Both comprehensive and nuanced, Women's Reproductive Mental Health across the Lifespan captures the science, clinical observation, and collective wisdom of experts in the field.
 
Several agencies, institutions, and organizations at the local, state, and federal level are raising awareness about the importance of maternal mental health throughout the month of May. As many as 1 in 7 new moms experience postpartum depression. But with prompt treatment and support, most will make a complete recovery within the first year.
 
 Postpartum Support International is recognizing May 7th as International Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day. Visit their website for more resources.
 
The UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders is kicking off their first Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day observance, click here for more information.
Postpartum Education and Support (PES) is a nonprofit organization that offers support for mothers and their families, provide resources for health care providers, and heighten public awareness of perinatal mood disorders. Visit their website and sign up for their newsletter to learn more about ways to support moms.

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Read our latest blog about our attendance at this year's SwitchPoint Conference and learn about the many innovators who are effecting change in their communities.      

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