by Sharon Thomason
On June 24th, 2018 PSI-CT’s Climb out of Darkness in Simsbury at Talcott Mountain was inspiring (and a smudge damp!) Over 40 perinatal advocates gathered at the trailhead and enthusiastically set off with kids running ahead and babies in carriers. Similar to our journey’s out of “the darkness” of perinatal mood and anxiety, the trail was steep at times, often slippery, and unpredictable. Yet with the support of our friends, we made it to the top of the mountain and back again happy to hike together to shine the light of awareness of the need for support for Moms and Families. Some photos from the morning:
The PSI CT Perinatal Support Group Facilitator Training Was a Great Success!
Thirty participants enjoyed a wonderful perinatal group facilitator retreat and training as they learned to lead maternal support groups and increased their knowledge of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). Participants learned the benefits of support groups for all women in the perinatal period and specifically women struggling with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders., with an overview of diagnostic criteria for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders symptoms. Participants obtained tools for developing, growing and sustaining a support group and learned techniques for clinical and interpersonal challenges in group. The hands-on, experiential view of a support group was especially valued as part of this training. PSI-CT continues to strengthen our support net of services for Connecticut Families!
For questions about how you can support Connecticut Families, please contact Annie Keating Scherer, LCSW (PSI CT Support Groups Committee Chairwoman) 860-212-7066 or Psictgroups@gmail.com
A Report on the Value of Perinatal Support Groups :
Fox 61 Mommy Minute: Increased Effort in Connecticut to Change Stigma Associated with Postpartum Depression (perinatal support groups)
PSI-CT’s First Annual Celebration & Member Appreciation Event!
What an enchanted evening! About 60 attendees enjoyed an excellent buffet dinner with drinks, live music by our own Adam Scherer, and participated in raffles for 25 items and services while mingling with other perinatal advocates from across Connecticut. The highlight of the evening was our speaker, Lauren Shrage, who attended with her sister Jenna Garry and shared the story of their family’s painful loss of sister Kara Kovlakas to Postpartum Depression. The power of their story strengthened perinatal advocate attendees’ resolve to work harder to fulfill PSI-CT’s mission of increasing awareness, prevention, and treatment for perinatal wellbeing throughout Connecticut.
Sharon Thomason, our President, spoke about the power of our stories, knowledge, and collaboration to provide resilience for PSI-CT as we weave the strong web of support for the families of Connecticut. Reminding attendees of PSI-CT’s story, she celebrated our beginnings, imagined our future possibilities, and expressed gratitude for each and every contribution by members, volunteers, and board members. Perinatal advocate left celebrating our accomplishments, dreaming and resolved to collaborate for an even more powerful PSI-CT! (For more photos, go to Postpartum Support International Connecticut Chapter’s Facebook page)
PSI-CT Thanks Everyone who made this fabulous event possible!
Components of Care Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS) Training: PSI’s Certification Program
Training Faculty: Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA | Pec Indman, EdD, MFT Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN | Jeanne Watson Driscoll, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
This two-day course to learn about the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders, was a huge success! Almost 120 trainees from all over Connecticut and the Northeast received excellent training and left inspired to help perinatal families!
Connecticut Women’s Expo 2017
We provided information about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), PSI-CT, and How YOU can make a difference!
Fundraiser at Pastrami on Wry!
October 18th, 7am-9pm
10% of purchases were donated to PSI-CT! We raised $100 and had a table at the restaurant all day with information about PSI-CT and Perinatal Anxiety and Mood Disorders (PMADs), so this event increased awareness as well! If you are interested in volunteering to help with future event like this, contact Cory Bernard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climb Out of Darkness: June 24th
PSI-CT’s first awareness and fundraising “Climb Out of Darkness” hike on June 24th, near the summer solstice, was a huge success. This event is the largest international fundraising event for perinatal advocacy and this year, PSI-CT was proud to participate with a very moving and empowering hike at Talcott Mountain State Park. Passionate perinatal advocates from Connecticut raised over $3000 to help empower PSI and the Connecticut chapter to fulfill its mission of promoting awareness, prevention, and treatment for perinatal wellbeing throughout Connecticut!
Support Group Facilitator Training: March 2017
PSI-CT designed and presented a full day workshop training for facilitating support perinatal support groups, which was very successful! More than 60 attendees learned the basics of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), the “nuts and bolts” of beginning a support group and safety, confidentiality, and limitations of support group considerations. Since receiving this training, more than six additional support groups were added to our “support net” across the state!