PPDA: Postpartum Depression Awareness Project Ltd.
is a registered non-profit organization with two very important goals:
To Increase AWARENESS & RESOURCES for Postpartum Depression & Perinatal Mood Disorders!
With each step PPDA is increasing Awareness! Every January we bring awareness to Perinatal Mood Disorders through our Awareness Month. Throughout the year PPDA holds various Awareness Events with the aim of Educating the public, including our annual Awareness Month and annual 5km Walk in June!
We have many Resource related projects in the works to support those affected by Perinatal Mood Disorders. Our biggest resource is this extensive website which lists a wide variety of resources available for Perinatal Mood Disorders across Western Canada. PPDA has also developed a comprehensive Support Group program!
Our Mandate is to fill the gap, and connect sufferers of perinatal mood disorders with service providers!
Postpartum Depression and Perinatal Mood Disorders affect approximately 15 - 30% of Moms within the first year of giving birth. It is believed that this statistic is in fact much higher as so many Moms do not come forward. The majority of these Moms do not get help for a variety of reasons: either they go undiagnosed, are unable to find help, or never come forward because of the stigma attached to PPD & PMD's.
Through Awareness and Education we can change this stigma and make it easier to find help. Canadian Moms are raising our next generation and their mental health is of top priority!