Kimberly Wong Esq, has always been an incredible advocate. In her work in LA County's Public Defenders's office, she is charged with the defense of those with few resources and who may face institutional, systemic injustice.
She is also the proud mother of a beautiful, talented child and a survivor of postpartum depression. After her experience "That's when I (Wong) realized how few options there are for women who need psychological help related specifically to motherhood" Kimberly had to drive 50 miles to find a doctor and a support group that really understood.
Kimberly is a person with the force of purpose and genuine concern for others who decided to DO something about it. She formed the LA County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force whose mission is to address the unmet needs of mother struggling with these devastating disorders. To raise awareness and galvanize community resources.
Because of Kimberly and her dedicated task force members, woman in LA County have more options to understanding the mental health complications of pregnancy and be provided with resources and treatment should these issues arise. Congratulations to Kimberly for all that she and her team of advocates have achieve and continue to achieve.
In addition, we extend our thanks to Kurt Streeter, reporter for sharing his family's story of their experiences with the devastating mood and anxiety disorders that can affect up to 20% of all new mothers. It is very encouraging when a major publication like the LA Times, choses to feature this issue - which many avoid - in a realistic, factual and compassionate light. Informing readers in their Sunday edition of the potential for these disorders will further validate the critical work being done by Kimberly and LA County Task Force to eradicate and moderate the effects of these highly treatable disorders.