Utah Health Agencies Aim To Improve Maternal Mental Health Screening Rate

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Depression, anxiety and psychosis in mothers who have recently given birth can be debilitating and sometimes fatal, and that’s why Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a resolution declaring February as Health Month. maternal mental.

YWCA public policy analyst Gabriel Archuletta co-hosted the press conference announcing the move with Voices for Utah Children. They worked with the Maternal Mental Health Policy Committee.

Archuletta said that data indicates that 44% of women undergo mental health screening before, during and after pregnancy. They want to increase that number by raising awareness about postpartum mental health issues.

“The purpose of this press conference is to discuss important statewide maternal mental health efforts, to raise awareness and promote de-stigma,” he said. “Recently published data from the Utah Department of Health shows that 43% of Utah residents with a recent live birth in Utah were affected by depression or anxiety. Overall, women of color tend to experience higher rates of postpartum depression. They are less likely to receive …

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