Stats Canada reported approximately 23% of women in B.C have reported symptoms of Post-Partum Depression
Today, Wilson Miao, Member of Parliament for Richmond Centre, announced the awarding of $1.2 million to promote mental health in postpartum women and their families within Asian and South Asian immigrant communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant adverse impacts on the health and wellbeing of Canadians. Even though addressing mental health is now being addressed nationally, the stigma of asking for help within minority communities remains taboo.
Today’s funding announcement only further highlights the importance of addressing the mental health of women suffering postpartum and their families within Asian and South Asian immigrant communities.
” Working directly with postpartum women and their medical service providers will enable us to better connect them to community supports and ensure no one falls through the cracks.” Queenie Choo, CEO, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
“This program supports service providers to promote positive mental health among postpartum women. I want to thank S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for their ongoing work to bring awareness to maternal mental health and reduce the stigma around getting mental health supports.”
Wilson Miao, Member of Parliament, Richmond Centre
Decades ago, being diagnosed with Mental Health was perceived as the end of the world and taboo to talk about. People who needed real help were ashamed to ask for it and suffered in silence. The stigma of Mental Health has been transformed over the last decade with many brave voices and a global commitment to addressing it. Governments and employers are investing millions into well the being of their citizens and employees, especially as they continue to navigate the worldwide pandemic.