Our classroom isn’t the only thing getting a reboot next year. We are excited to announce our plans to add a mental health practitioner to the Lifecycle care team. Spurred on by the pandemic, the need for mental health services skyrocketed in recent years. Access to mental health services however has become more limited, especially for folks in the postpartum period.
Finding help can be difficult and many new parents are not sure where to turn. It can also be hard to identify a condition you may not know exists. According to MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health, a collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Massachuset’s General Hospital, 85% of pregnant individuals experience some type of mood disturbance, more commonly known as the postpartum blues. However, 10 to 15% will develop more significant symptoms of depression and anxiety.
In June, we partnered with Team Delaware County to host Climb Out of the Darkness, an international fundraiser to raise awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Now, with the help of a grant from The Foundation for Delaware County, we are excited to share that we are currently in the process of hiring a licensed mental health practitioner who will be assisting clients from our Bryn Mawr office.
This addition to our team will help support our mission of providing holistic care to our clients that supports the entire individual. Our sincere hope is to make mental health services easily accessible to our clientele and the local community.