While roughly 15 percent of new mothers suffer from maternal depression, the rates are much higher in families with lower incomes. In fact, 52 percent of mothers in an Early Head Start research study reported high levels of depressive symptoms.
The toolkit provides information about depression and offers ideas that providers can use daily when helping mothers and their families.
Use this tip sheet to identify the signs of depression. It can be shared with parents so that they learn how to take care of themselves and seek help when necessary.
View this webinar for information and resources on how staff can support families’ mental health, including families experiencing mental health concerns such as depression.
Explore Family Connections, a preventive, system-wide mental health consultation and training approach to strengthen the capacity of Early Head Start and Head Start staff. Staff can use these resources in working with families dealing with parental depression and related adversities.
Parental depression is a widespread mental health concern that affects the health and well-being of parents and their children. In this issue of the Mental Health Services Newsletter, learn about parental depression and how staff can support families dealing with it. Also, find resources available for your work with families around this topic.