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Local group gets funding to raise awareness for Postpartum Mood Disorders

Friday, September 07, 2012   by: Kate AdamsNipissing MPP Vic Fedeli
News Release

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The Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing is launching a project to raise awareness of Postpartum Mood Disorders thanks to an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant announced today by Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli.

The $182,900 year-long grant is being awarded to help the Centre improve awareness and understanding of this issue as well as to develop a comprehensive service delivery
model for Postpartum Mood Disorders in cooperation with Northeastern Ontario communities.

The initiative is to include a community consultation process with service providers and families who have had experiences of Postpartum Mood Disorders in order to develop a coordinated strategy going forward.

“It’s my hope this funding can open the channels of communication with parents in Nipissing and improve the understanding of this issue within our community,” said
Fedeli.

According to the Centre, mood changes during pregnancy and during the first years of parenting affect one in five mothers and one in ten fathers.

“This project will shine a spotlight on an issue that often goes unnoticed. It will reduce the isolation of women and families and caregivers,” said Alan McQuarrie, Executive Director, Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing.

Established in 1972, the Community Counselling Centre is a non-profit organization providing professional counselling services and community programs to individuals, couples, and families.

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