Help build our PSI volunteer scholarship fund

We can do it together! Make your tax-deductible donation today to our 2013 volunteer scholarship fund, and you will make it possible for us to provide need-based scholarships to our hard-working PSI volunteers. We want to be able to help them attend the Minnesota 2013 Conference, receive top-notch training, and meet with their PSI Family at the Annual Coordinators' Meeting.

The 2013 Scholarship Fund has been generously seeded by Board members Benita Dieperink, MD, and Leslie Lowell Stoutenburg, RNC, MS. Please join them in their generosity! You can donate online, call us with your information at 503-894-9453, or send a check to the PSI Office. Tell us that you want your donation to go to the conference scholarship fund, and you will have us doing the Happy Dance in the PSI Office! 

The scholarship guidelines and announcement will be going out on March 15th, and with your help we will have a robust fund by then. Our volunteers deserve it -- you can check out just how extensive our network is on our Support Map page

Thank you for your support!

Leslie Lowell Stoutenburg, RNC, MS, PSI President
Leslie Lowell Stoutenburg, RNC, MS

Wendy N. Davis, PhD, PSI Executive Director

Wendy N. Davis, PhD

Study first to show that PPD screening improves outcomes

PSI member Barbara Yawn, MD, and a team of researchers have published a groundbreaking study in the Annals of Family Medicine showing that postpartum depression screening significantly improves outcomes for mothers up to 12 months postpartum. This practice-based research study compared usual care within family medicine practices with a system of screening, supported diagnosis, and PPD management. Following 1,897 women in 28 primary care practices, they found that their approach significantly increased rates of PPD recognition and treatment, and resulted in fewer depressive symptoms at 12 months.

As a member of PSI, it might be surprising to you that this is the first research study to show a clearly significant positive outcome of screening. PSI advocates for universal screening for prenatal and postpartum mental health concerns, and most of us have experienced how screening can prevent a crisis, or how lack of screening can leave a family to grieve at the missed opportunity for prevention. This study gives us solid data to stand as validation of our belief in the benefits of screening. We need this research, and more like it. 

Dr. Yawn is an active member of the PSI/NAMI 2013 Conference Program Committee. She will lead a research mentoring session before the Conference Poster Presentation on Friday, June 21st at no additional charge for attendees, where she will discuss effective methods and guidelines for conducting and utilizing research.

Read the entire study, “TRIPPD: A practice-based network effectiveness study of postpartum depression screening and management,"  by Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, Allen J. Dietrich, MD, Peter Wollan, PhD, Susan Bertram, MSN, Debbie Graham, MSPH, Jessica Huff, MPH, MS, Margary Kurland, RN, Suzanne Madison, MPH, Wilson D. Pace, MD and In collaboration with the TRIPPD practices, in the July/August 2012 Annals of Family Medicine. Visit the American Academy of Family Physicians website to access this fabulous tool-kit for providers developed and used in the TRIPPD study. What a resource!

PSI Virtual Volunteers 
Are you a blogger, or on Twitter or Facebook? PSI is excited to launch "Virtual Volunteers," our new volunteer opportunity.. Virtual volunteers help spread the word about PSI by posting about our events and messages on your personal or business Facebook page, Twitter, etc.

Here's how it works:
  1. Contact the PSI Office to join to learn more about the volunteer program.
  2. You will receive the PSI logo to include on your blog/website.
  3. All virtual volunteers will receive email notifications about PSI fundraising/events and announcements. Simply cut and paste the info we send onto your Facebook page/Twitter or announce our events to your bloggers/readers.
PSI NEWS Submissions
PSI NEWS is seeking informative news or feature articles from professionals, as well as personal stories from PSI Coordinators and others. Contact the Editor for more information or to submit your news items.

2013 PSI Annual Conference with NAMI Minnesota
June 19-22
Minneapolis, MNNAMI

Registration is now open for our 26th annual PSI Conference, co-sponsored with NAMI-Minnesota and in collaboration with Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota. We are thrilled with the caliber of the Conference Program with keynotes, breakouts, and poster presentations selected for their quality, innovation, and expertise. 
Conference Sponsors
Auction Donors
We are seeking sponsors, vendors, and auction donations to help NAMI-MN and PSI raise awareness and support the conference expenses. Check out the PSI Website to make a Silent Auction Donation, and find Sponsorship & Vendor options and benefits.

PSI Trainings & Events
PSI Course
PSI Certificate of Completion Course
"Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care"


Baptist Health
Birdie Meyer, RN, MA
Wendy Davis, PhD
Andrea Fritschle, MD
Jacksonville Florida
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PSI thanks you!
We are so grateful for your support. Only through the generosity of your donations are we able to sustain and improve PSI programs and services in 2013. It's easy to donate...visit our Network for Good link. You can choose to make a single donation, or become a sustaining member by selecting a recurring gift. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us provide communities worldwide with reliable, compassionate, and essential support, resources, and informed professional care.
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