International Parental Mental Health Awareness Week
What is International Parental Mental Health Awareness Week?
The inaugural Parental Mental Health Awareness Week, which kicks off on March 6th, 2022, is a global invitation to join the Wingwomen, to not only highlight resources and services parents can use to support their mental health amidst an ongoing global pandemic, but also to bring awareness to the statistics and facts around the current state of mental health amongst parents, and couples navigating fertility.
Since the spring of 2020, nearly half of parents (48%) said the level of stress in their life has increased compared with before the pandemic. Similarly, (31%) adults report that their mental health has worsened compared with before the pandemic. (75%) of people polled that they could have used more emotional support than they received since the pandemic started, with 82% of fathers stating they were significantly more likely to say they could have used more emotional support than mothers at 68%.
Parental Mental Health Awareness Week is an initiative organized by Wingwomen to drive conversations around the importance of mental health amongst parents and caregivers, and serves to provide resources and peer support for parents, and families navigating their fertility journey.
When is International Parental Mental Health Week?
Parental Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Sunday, March 6th to Saturday, March 12, 2022. And the second week of March every year thereafter.
How to get involved in International Parental Mental Health Week.
During IPMHW partner with us to heighten awareness around maternal and paternal mental health in your business, community, company or organization.
You can join our social media campaign or become a partner and gain access to our social media graphics and content to promote this event and words of encouragement to parents throughout the week.
You can also get involved on social media and you can do so by sharing a photo of yourself or members of your business or company. Don’t forget to use the hashtags – #ParentalMentalHealthAwarenessWeek, #PMHAW #MaternalMentalHealthMatters or #PaternalMentalHealthMatters on social media so we can find you and re share your content.
Highlight mental health support.
If you’re a mental health professional, doula, midwife, birthworker, perinatal specialist, nurse, family health specialist, health coach, patient advocate, or host a support group, we want your help! We need you to highlight your service, assistance programs or counseling resources online so parents can find you. We have tips on how to make your web page keyword rich so your resource can be more easily found by parents. Also utilize your social media accounts, newsletter, or company literature to make your services made known.
Share stories of advocacy and support.
Now more than ever parents need to share and hear stories about how parents are navigating stress, anxiety, baby blues, and postpartum depression. If you’re a blogger, journalist or you have an online platform, Parental Mental Health Awareness Week is a great week to publish articles around the current state of maternal, paternal and caregiver mental health online.
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A bit about Wingwomen
Wingwomen is a health-focused social media network for women. Our mission is to provide valuable access to peer support for women navigating their reproductive health journey, fertility, and pregnancy.
*Wingwomen is a peer support platform, and does not provide medical advice.