This morning at George Washington University in Washington DC, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will contribute opening remarks to the official introduction of Service Nation volunteer partnerships. Service Nation is an organization devoted to increasing volunteer efforts among civilians, non profits and other entities in communities across the United States. Here’s the link to the media alert about today’s event.
Amidst other ceremonies designed to honor our nation's hero veterans, the launch of today’s program is meant to stimulate additional participation from individuals and organizations from all sectors to volunteer within their communities. Among the organizations included in today’s presentation are two which devote specific attention to postpartum mood disorders; Postpartum Support International, - the worlds largest organization devoted to the eradication of perinatal mood disorders, and "Give an Hour, a non profit established by Dr. Barbara Van Dalen to encourage mental health practitioners to donate a weekly hour of professional services to military families. Both are volunteer organizations.
While taking the stage behind the First and Second Lady of our country today as PSI’s representative - along with Dr. Van Dalen from Give an Hour - is an exciting honor, the Obama Administration’s emphasis on mental health as part of overall health care is a welcome endorsement of holistic perspective on human wellness and greatly encouraging to continuing PPD advocacy efforts.
According to the World Health Organization, depression could be the number two health issue in the world by 2020. If one understands the effects of poverty on families around the world, along with other psychosocial challenges of the new millennium, it is not hard to understand why mental health needs to be a focus of aggressive, preventive action.