Over seventy doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, therapists and members of the community gathered together on Wednesday May 30th to learn more about maternal depression.  Attendees listed to survivors of perinatal depression and anxiety, including Carla Velasco, Ellie Berkowitz-Handler and Kimberly Wong, speak about their personal experiences with the disorder and how they were able to recover.  Guests also heard from Deborah Johnson Hayes, a licensed social worker, who discussed the risk factors, signs, symptoms and treatment options for maternal depression.  Dr. Carol Berkowtiz advocated for pediatricians and other doctors to screen for maternal depression during well child visits.  A lively question & answer period followed the presentations. 

Very big thank you's to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for co-sponsoring the event and providing the room and the refreshments.  Another big thank you to the Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health, Nurse Family Partnership and PAC/LAC for sponsoring and providing one hour of CEUs and CMEs for attendees. 

The mission of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force is to remove barriers to the prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County. The Task Force is a project of 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor Community Partners.