Women’s Health Expo March 30th

Women’s Health Expo March 30th


MENTAL HEALTH IS ONE OF THOSE TOPICS THAT ISN’T TALKED ABOUT NEARLY ENOUGH. BUT AFFECTS PEOPLE OF ALL AGES IN BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, AND ONE COALITION IS BRINGING IT TO THE FOREFRONT, AND IT’S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY OF WOMEN’S HEALTH EXPO. WE HAVE SEVERAL GUESTS HERE, THE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, AND PROJECT MANAGER, MEGAN KIRKPATRICK, THANKS FOR BEING HERE. SO A MENTAL HEALTH EXPO. LET’S START WITH THE BASICS, WHAT IS THAT? STARTING WITH THE BASICS, OUR COUNTRY IS IN A CRISIS IN TERMS OF MENTAL HEALTH WE ARE NOT DOING WELL. AND WE ARE HAVING THIS EXPO ABOUT PAIR PERINATAL TIMES, AND TO RAISE WHAT THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS ARE, ANGER, IRRITABILITY, AND WHERE TO FIND HELP. IS PERINATAL, THE TERM. AND I DIDN’T KNOW THAT IT COULD AFFECT GUYS TOO. IT AFFECTS ONE IN SEVEN WOMEN DURING PREGNANCY OR AFTER GIVING BIRTH. THAT’S PRETDICTER FOR POST PARTUM, IF YOU HAD IT BEFORE PREGNANCY, AND MANY PROVIDERS DON’T KNOW TO LOOK FOR IT THAT. AND ONE IN TEN DAYS. IT WOULDN’T BE AS PHYSIO LOGICAL AS IT WOULD BE EMOTIONAL. PSYCHO SOMATIC’ EXPERIENCE AND STRESSORS, WE LOOK AT THINGS IN TERMS OF RESOURCES, DOES THAT FAMILY HAVE ACCESS TO SOCIAL SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED. I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW, HAVING A KID, AND GOING THROUGH A PREGNANCY, IT IS A STRESSFUL TIME OF YOUR LIFE, AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT SUPPORTS IN PLACE, AND MAYBE YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS, IT IS SETTING YOU UP FOR HAVING SOME GREATER NEEDS. YOU ON DOES THIS EXPO THEN START TO REACH OUT, AND MEET SOME OF THOSE NEEDS AND IMPACT THE COMMUNITY? WE ARE LOOKING TO REACH OUT IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS. ONE IS JUST TO SHARE INFORMATION. SO WE HAVE OVER 30 EXHIBIT ORS, COMING THAT SUPPORT MOMS AND FAMILIES, THROUGH PREGNANCY, AND CHILD BIRTH AND THE POST PARTUM PERIOD AND EVEN BEYOND THAT. AND THE OTHER ONE IS JUST TO HELP PEOPLE SEE AND HEAR THEIR EXPERIENCES, SO WE HAVE A PANEL OF WOMEN WHO ARE GOING TO BE SPEAKING ABOUT THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES WITH POST PARTUM DEPRESSIONS, AND THE HOPE IS THAT SOMEONE WILL HEAR SOMETHING AND SAY OH WOW, I KNOW WHAT THAT IS AND HOW THAT FEELS. AND THEY CAN START REACHING OUT TO THEIR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND REACHING OUT TO OTHER RESOURCES WE HAVE IN THE COMMUNITY TO GET HELP. BEING AFFILIATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS IT’S A BIG HELP. I HEAR THAT THERE IS A GRANT HELPING WITH SOME RESEARCH BUT WITH THE EXPO AS WELL. TELL ME ABOUT THAT. SOLUTIONS TO TREAT PERI-NATAL DEPRESSION, AND THEY ARE COMING UP WITH NEW IDEAS, AND IDENTIFYING NEW SOLUTIONS, OUR PATIENT ADVISORY BOARD IS LEADING THE CHARGE THE WHOLE WAY, AND WE ARE ALSO RECRUITING FOR NEW STUDIES SO PATIENTS REACHING OUT TO OTHER PATIENTS, AND PATIENTS ARE WOMEN AND MEN WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH A PREGNANCY, AND TO SEE IF THEY WANT TO BE INVOLVED TO BETTER IMPROVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE EXPO, GIVE ME THE DATE, TIME PLACE, SORT OF BASIC INFORMATION. THE EXPO IS HAPPENING MARCH 30TH AT THE CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET, TEN TILL NOON. THAT’S WHAT, SATURDAY? YES, THIS SATURDAY. AND IT’S GOING TO BE WITH COFFEE, DONUTS, AND BAGELS, AND DOOR PRIZES AND WE REALLY ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO COME. IF FIGURE HAD, COME OUT FOR THE ROOF HE WILL. FREE RAFFLE GIVING AWAY AN IPAD.

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