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Perinatal Mood Disorders, Bonding, and Attachment

December 10, 2021

Mary Kimmel, MD and Andrea Diaz-Stransky, MD-BHSc When pregnant and postpartum people suffer from depression and/or anxiety, they can struggle to connect with their babies in healthy ways. This can lead to difficulties with bonding and attachment. Insecure attachment in mother-child dyads can lead to increased anxiety and emotional problems for the mother, as well … Continued

NC MATTERS Mental Health Care Package

August 31, 2021

The NC MATTERS Mental Health Care Package is available for download! This easy-to-access toolkit allows perinatal patients to find information about commonly requested resources across North Carolina, including QR codes for quick access to resource databases, and a few wellness tips they can try right away. Please contact us if you would like hard copies … Continued

Congressional Briefing on Maternal Mental Health and Suicide

June 10, 2021

NC MATTERS Medical Director Dr. Mary Kimmel presented at the 2nd Annual Congressional Briefing on Maternal Mental Health and Suicide on June 8, 2021. The event was sponsored by Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance, March of Dimes, and Sage Therapeutics in cooperation with a number of national organizations aimed at promoting maternal mental health. The … Continued

What is NC-PAL?

May 17, 2021

Learn more about how Duke University and UNC work together to offer the North Carolina Psychiatric Access Line, which powers both NC MATTERS and the North Carolina Telehealth Partnership for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Access. This short video explains why psychiatric access programs are essential for perinatal and pediatric mental health in North Carolina, and … Continued

NC MATTERS Featured as a MDRBD Program Success Story

January 11, 2021

JBS International recently released a new infographic, which highlights the successes of NC MATTERS and RI MomsPRN in Rhode Island. Since September 2019, the NC MATTERS team has fielded 286 consultation calls from 38 counties across North Carolina. Find the infographic here.

Addressing Taboo Topics: Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy

November 30, 2020

Medical Director Mary Kimmel speaks with 97.9 The Hill about the stress that new and expectant mothers can face, and how that can impact symptoms of anxiety and depression. Kimmel said it can be very difficult to recognize or admit feelings of depression or anxiety at a time when moms are supposed to be happy. … Continued

MMHLA Fact Sheet: Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs

November 23, 2020

Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs address a critical public health issue through an innovative, creative, cost-effective approach to address mental health in frontline healthcare settings. Find the fact sheet from the Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance here.

Lifeline4Moms White Paper: Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs

November 23, 2020

To address gaps in access to mental health care for perinatal women, Massachusetts created the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms to build the capacity of frontline medical providers to address PMH conditions by providing education, consultation, and resources and referrals. MCPAP for Moms has emerged as a successful and scalable model with … Continued

Perinatal Mood Disorders: Helping your patients access mental health care at UNC

October 1, 2020

Pregnant and postpartum women and their families are experiencing high levels of stress at this time. Learn about NC MATTERS and the SUMMIT Study: two mental health care access programs within the Perinatal Psychiatry department at UNC that support providers and patients via teletherapy, psychiatric assessments, real-time provider consultation, and resource/referral support. Find the video … Continued