Donate to Help! Facebook Twitter YouTube

IEPMHC Newsletter

Stay informed on our latest news!

November 2013

Stress Management Classes

Monday, 11/25/2013

Are you stressed and dont know what to do?? Stress reducing techniques and ways to efficiently increase your self esteem are taught in the stress management classes that are being offered in the beginning of January 2014 on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm at the IFCHC Community Center located at 665 North "D" Street in the city of San Bernardino. For more information, please call Cristina Gomez at (909) 881-6146 ext. 225.The cost of each session is based on a sliding scale.

Kaiser Grant for free mental health services

Monday, 11/25/2013

If you have had a baby in the last 18 months, are a resident of Western Riverside County, are not feeling as connected to your baby as you think you should, and feel like you are walking on eggshells because you or your partner is more irritable since becoming pregnant or having a baby then you qualify for free mental health services. Through funding from the Kaiser Community Foundation, The Wylie Center is able to provide up to 20 weeks of free mental health treatment services for men and women, including individual and couples therapy. You are not alone... Treatment works!

Set 4 School

Monday, 11/25/2013

Set 4 School is an early intervention service for families with children ages birtrh to 5 years of age that is provided at The Wylie Center. The goal of the program is help young children and their families make a smooth transition into kidergarten. To qualify you must: have at least one child age 5 or under living in the household, have no other form of medical insurance (for some of the services), and live in the city of Riverside or Rubidoux / Jurupa area. Attached are the english and spanish versions of the flyer.

Television News Broadcast by Greg Burchett

Monday, 11/18/2013

We appreciate Greg Burchett for his willingness to share his painful story in order to raise awareness regarding perinatal mental health disorders.  In his book, he describes what he wish he had done, but didn’t and what men need to do in order to be more equipped to support the mother of their child.  Postpartum psychosis is rare, only 1 – 2 in every 1000 births, will experience a tragedy such as this, but anything that you can do to prevent it from happening is important. 

You can help. Here’s how:
1. Know the signs of postpartum depression, anxiety or psychosis and help get a family to help.
2.  Share this video with others
3. Pay as much attention to mothers and fathers as you do the new baby. 
4. Encourage EVERYONE you know to “like us” on Facebook.  This helps us with grant funding.
5. Donate to The Wylie Center, the fiscal agent of IEPMHC this holiday season.
6. Participate with us on IEPMHC, for example you could volunteer at our May is Perinatal Depression Awareness Month Kiosks at malls in our area or participate on any one of our sub-committees from fundraising to our upcoming training on April 9th. 
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving Season.


AMAC Group for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Friday, 11/15/2013

Adults Molested as Children (AMAC) has a support group that meets every Friday from 9:30-11:00 am at the Wholeness and Enrichment (WE) Center located at 1963 North "E" Street, San Bernardino, CA 92405. This support group is for ages 18 and up. The aim of this group is to provide a safe and confidential place for female adults who have been sexually abused during childhood. The group's purpose is to discuss the effects of the trauma, integrate new coping skills, and allow for processing of the abuse experience through discussion. Members are neve required to share. 

Postpartum depression: kids see increased risk in teen years

Friday, 11/15/2013

The Journal of the American Medical Association released a study that suggests that children of depressed mothers are more likely to suffer depression themselves in their teenage years. Treating mothers either before they are pregnant or during their pregnancy for mood or anxiety issues can benefit not only the mother, but future generations. Taking a preventative approach to mental health issues before a crisis point can prevent the mother and her child from suffering. This generational concern suggests early interventions in order to prevent children from experiencing greater risk themselves.

Rewriting the story: Maureen Fura

Wednesday, 11/6/2013

This is one woman's couragous and compelling sotry about her own struggles with depression. Her braveness and willingness to ask for help is what allowed her to feel comfort and safety with such a tragic circumstance in her life. Maureen thought having a baby was going to be the happiest time in her life, but the day she discovered she was pregnant, she knew something was terribly wrong. Fighting to save her life and the life of her unborn son, Maureen visited 29 professionals before she got the help she needed. Desperate to put a name to what happened to her and find out why she went untreated for so long, Maureen and fellow pregnancy and postpartum mood disorder survivor, Jennifer Silliman, embark on a journey to uncover the unspoken story of mothers in the documentary film Dark Side of the Full Moon.
 This is Maureen Fura's story... 

IEPMHC's Make a difference campaign

Wednesday, 11/6/2013

The Inland Empire Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative is reaching out to the community for donations in an effort to continue providing mental health services and treatment to women and their families in need. You too can help by clicking the DONATE button on this website. Let us all join efforts in continuing to spread awareness while providing these much needed mental health services in our community.

NuHealth launches new support group

Tuesday, 11/5/2013

Another new support group is being offered in an effort to meet the needs of new mothers who suffer from postpartum depression. The mental illness affects up to 20 percent of women within the first year of giving birth, with up to 15 percent suffering during pregnancy according to Arthur Gianelli, President and CEO of NuHealth System. The launching of a free, bilingual pregnancy and postpartum depression / anxiety support group will begin meeting November 8, 2013, in the Centering Pregnancy Suite at the Nassau University Medical Center in New York. Patients suffering from a perinatal mood disorder, most commonly known as postpartum depression, will be offered this first hospital-based bilingual support group in Nassau County. The group will meet for ten weeks and explore topics such as, the impact of the birth experience, how to manage stress and time, and coping techniques. The women will receive hope and inspiration from other mothers in the group.

Seeking sunlight in a season of madness and mystery

Tuesday, 11/5/2013

“She was an achiever who set her mind firmly on her goals. She had the courage to commit to personal growth and development which is evidenced by her accomplishments. She had a passion for cooking and loved life. Her greatest joy was spending time with her daughter, Erica Francis, as well as family and friends.”

This is what family and friends had printed on Miriam Carey’s ceremonial program at her funeral. The 34 year old dental hygienist led police officials on a car chase through the streets of Washington on October 3, 2013. Carey had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and psychosis according to family. Authorities say she believed President Obama was monitoring her electronically. As this story broke, it shed light to the mental illness that often goes undiscussed. Postpartum psychosis, whether diagnosed or merely suspected, has indeed, forced a young woman to leave this earth way too early in such a tragic way.

Help now available for postpartum depression in Enid, OK.

Tuesday, 11/5/2013

Help is now available in Enid, Oklahoma thanks to a partnership between ATS Counseling- Focus Institute and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. One in four new mothers report postpartum depression and fewer than half of them discuss it with their healthcare provider according to Oklahoma State Department of Health. The postpartum depression group will meet every Tuesday and will be led by clinicians. This group allows for women to discuss their battles they may face with being a new mother. Scholarships are available as well for those in need. This will be the second postpartum group that is offered in Oklahoma. It is always exciting to see the start of brand new support groups no matter where they are. These support groups help give women a sense of normalcy.

Postpartum diagnostic switches likely in depressed women

Monday, 11/4/2013

Women with major depression should be monitored for emerging symptoms of hypomania during the postpartum period, researchers at Western University in Ontario, Canada say. They found that rates of switching to a bipolar II disorder at this time were 11- to18- fold higher than reported in non-postpartum women. Given the high rates of diagnostic switching, it is important that women with a prior history of depression be assessed for emerging symptoms of postpartum hypomania. In their study, there were 92 women with major depression. None converted to a bipolar II diagnosis during pregnancy, but six did so within six months of giving birth, Five of these conversions occurred within the first three months. The only factor that differed between women who did and did not convert was family history of bipolar disorder, which was present in 66.7 percent of women who converted compared with 22.1 percent of those who did not.


Finding herself: Lang-Montgomery needed some help with postpartum depression

Monday, 11/4/2013

Erika Lang-Montgomery, 42, often has to balance coaching with parenting but for the Flagler College women’s basketball coach, that balancing has also taken a toll on her. In September 2002, six months after having her first child, Lang-Mongomery developed postpartum depression. After the birth of her child, she went back to work and continued on with her full time daily tasks and responsibilities but eventually it caught up with her. There were not enough hours in he day for her and she did not want motherhood to interfere with her job. Lang-Montgomery, who is one of two women head coaches at Flagler, has two children, Jaden, 11 and Justin, 8. With a demanding basketball season, she is not always able to attend their birthdays. She has learned to find a balance between motherhood and coaching and has allowed herself to make changes in her life. “I really try to connect my family and team together" says Lang-Montgomery. “I want both to know why I do what I do and understand the sacrifices I may have to make for all of them.”

Stress-induced depression in new mums extends to daughters'

Monday, 11/4/2013

Exposure to social stress not only impairs a mother’s ability to care for her children but may also negatively impact her daughter’s ability to provide maternal care to future offspring, reveals a new study. A transgenerational study conducted with female rats examined the behavioral and physiological changes in mothers exposed to chronic social stress early in life as a model for postpartum depression and anxiety. Dr. Nephew, principal investigator of the study said that the endocrine and behavioral data are consistent with what has been reported in studies of depressed human mothers.

Postpartum Depression Threat Remains

Monday, 11/4/2013

The October 3rd death of Miriam Carey, who was shot by police after she tried to ram the gates of the White House and led the police on a 16 block car chase, has thrown postpartum depression into the spotlight. As many as one in every seven new mothers suffer from postpartum depression (JAMA Psychiatry). The same study also found that among women followed for the year after delivery, some 22 percent had been depressed. Postpartum psychosis affects about one out of every 1,000 women according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. he exact causes are unknown but experts say the changes in hormone levels during and after pregnancy may be a contributing factor. Dopamine plays a major role in the regulation of voluntary movement, motivation, and the sensation of pleasure. Serotonin primarily affects mood, memory, impulsiveness, and social behaviors. Any severe stressor, including sleep deprivation, could worsen the illness. The severity of depression varies by person and ranges from mild to severe. The mildest form is known as the baby blues and lasts a few weeks. Psychosis is the most severe form and usually requires medication and counseling for treatment.

How Can You Help?

Get involved!

Want to learn how you can help IEPMHC?

Get Help