For those of you who are eager to learn more about emerging postpartum depression research, legislative efforts,(like The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act and other state initiatives to fight PPD) social support, complementary, and cognitive based treatments for PPD, this is the week to head to LA for PSI’s annual conference in sponsorship with Los Angeles County’s Perinatal Mental Health Task Force!
This year’s conference chairs - Kimberly Wong, Esq. and Merrill Sparango, MD - both PSI board members, have outdone themselves in assembling the best available experts/information to keep you current on what is happening out there to support women recovering from PPD. New this year will be an opportunity for PPD survivors to meet and talk to one another about their experiences. Those of you who live out west who haven’t already registered may want to take advantage of the one day tickets now available ( see full conference program schedule at www.postpartum.net )
The annual banquet on Thursday evening has an incredible program. My hero, attorney George Parnham will be honoring us with his thoughts on the law’s view of these illnesses and his role in the evolving legal perspective. The U.S. needs to catch up with other civilized countries in the world who offer a more measured response when the ravages of PPD psychosis threaten the lives of helpless women and infants. George’s work on the Andrea Yates case has fueled a decades long passion for helping mothers; we are so fortunate to have this powerfully brilliant advocate on our team.
Wade Bowen will be there to perform his beautiful, original song “Turn on the Lights” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM_CtGsT2Tg which never fails to evoke deeply inspirational response. I can’t wait to meet him. Last fall, he hosted a golf outing in Texas for the benefit of PSI and he and his wife continue to advocate for this issue.
PSI’s president, Birdie Meyer and Pec Indman, will be offering the pre-conference PPD training that has earned the top reviews across the country!