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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

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


PSI Builds Bridges in France

PSI is excited to announce a PSI Certificate of Completion Course, "Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care," training scheduled for September 23-24 2013 in southern France, which sprang from conversations that started at the International Biennial Congress of The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health in Paris on October 3-5, 2012. Several PSI members attended the Paris conference, which was focused on the theme of "Acting Together Around Childbirth." PSI Washington State Chair Leslie Butterfield, PhD has graced PSI with her experience at Marcé. Enjoy this excerpt before reading the entire summary by clicking on our website post RIGHT HERE

"...the talks at the Marcé focused on prevention, identification, and treatment of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Presenters spoke from a variety of backgrounds and countries. For example, a physician from India taught us that postpartum psychosis in that country is often the result of a specific brain disease, which, if not treated promptly, may be lethal to the patient. Thus, certain types of testing and assessment are of the utmost importance – things that we would hardly even think of here in the U.S. Something to be aware of if you are treating a woman who has actually lived a significant portion of her life in India prior to giving birth here in the United States.  

Jane Honikman, PSI Founder, and Dr. Ibone Olza, Spain Coordinator
"Speakers from Turkey described the very early state of development of postpartum programs in their country, and of their work to help more mothers receive educated treatment about PMADS in the midst of stigma and overall cultural denial. Researchers from Sweden presented their protocols for the use of lithium in postpartum moms with bipolar disorder, and noted the high percentage of bipolar women represented in their hospital programs for postpartum psychosis. And French speakers and poster presenters spoke at length about the many (I do mean MANY) mother-baby hospitals that are available in that country. They sound just fabulous, and I really don’t understand why we don’t have them all over America."  

Join Hands with PSI: New Volunteer Opportunities!

Are you a blogger, or on Twitter or Facebook? PSI is excited to launch "Virtual Volunteers," our new volunteer opportunity for those who want to support PSI. 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.
This is a wonderful way to help PSI spread our "virtual" wings across the web, increasing awareness and spreading the word about perinatal mental health and PSI resources for support and education.
2013 PSI Annual Conference with NAMI Minnesota
June 19-22
Minneapolis, MNNAMI

We are now seeking sponsors, vendors, and auction donations for our 26th annual PSI Conference, co-sponsored with NAMI-Minnesota and in collaboration with Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota. Registration will be live in February.

PSI Teleseminar with CAMMHC
February 6
11:30 am Pacific/1:30 pm Central/2:30 pm Eastern
PSI and the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative (CAMMHC) present Jo Kim, PhD, Director of the Perinatal Depression Program at NorthShore University Health System, sharing about their 24/7 MOMS hotline staffed by licensed mental health professionals in Chicago. 

Sign up on Facebook to attend this free teleseminar.

Contact us if you'd like to present your hotline or warmline services on one of our monthly calls.

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