Maternal Mental Health Matters for us all – Public Lecture


Breastfeeding space

Maternal Mental Health Matters
to us all

This is for the ‘public evening lecture‘, click here for full-day symposium.

Tuesday evening, April 30, 2019 from  6:00-8:00 pm

Register via Eventbrite to reserve a seat. Free, donations welcome at the door.

Managing stress in the perinatal period is vital to both a Mother’s and her child’s mental health. Although some stress is normal, excess maternal stress can increase a child’s risk of developing a mental health problem, from 7% to 13%, throughout his or her lifetime.  It is time that we ask ourselves: What can we all do to reduce maternal stress and improve maternal perinatal mental health?

Join us April 30, 2019 for a public lecture on the eve of World Maternal Mental Health Day  to learn why managing stress is important, simple strategies that can help, and when and where to look for help. We will also launch a map of Montreal-based resources and services.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in Maternal Mental Health: Pregnant women, new moms, family members and those who wish improve maternal perinatal mental health for all women. 

Location: Robert Palmer Howard Amphitheatre – McIntyre Medical Building, McGill University, 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Montreal, QC. H3G 0B1. See Map.  STM/bus 107 or 144 (use door at 1200 Ave. des Pins Ouest)

Program &  Speakers

Researchers will present the science behind mental health problems (depression, anxiety, stresses, etc.) and why early treatment is important.

    • Gustavo Turecki, Chief of Psychiatry, Montréal West Island IUHSSC; Scientific Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute; Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University: Opening remarks
    • Kieran O’Donnell, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. Principal Investigator Douglas Hospital Research Centre and the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health; CIFAR Scholar, Child and Brain Development Program: State of the Science, what we know about perinatal mental health and child’s cognitive development
    • Cindy-Lee Dennis, Professor in Nursing and Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry; Women’s Health Research Chair, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital; Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.    Preconception Care: Is it Really that Important? Tips on managing stress.

    • Jane FisherImmediate Past President, International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health, Paris, France; Professor, Global Health; Director, Global and Women’s Health; Head, Division of Social Sciences in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia: Maternal mental health & early-childhood interventions, a global perspective.  

A Montreal psychiatrist providing services and  guests will share their personal experiences with maternal mental health.

Panel: Check back for list.

We will end with a summary of the different types of resources and services available online and in Montreal.