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6/18/2011 - Outreach Effort For Depressed Mothers

Outreach Effort For Depressed Mothers

New mothers who experience signs of depression may not even know it or have time to research symptoms.

Outreach Effort For Depressed MothersThe state Department of Health and Senior Services is trying to address that issue by distributing informational palm cards on the signs of postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders to locations throughout Cumberland County. It's part of a statewide program to help women who are experiencing perinatal depression, and their families, find information and services.

The Speak Up When You're Down palm cards, available in English and Spanish, lists signs of perinatal depression, which may include crying; feelings of hopelessness, guilt or worthlessness; and lack of interest in family and friends.

The cards also direct people who want help to the Family Helpline at (800) 328-3838, which is staffed 24/7 to answer questions about perinatal mood disorders and available resources. The card also includes a website for information: www.njspeakup.gov.

Vineland locations where the cards are available include:

Chestnut Assembly of God
2554 E. Chestnut Ave.

Sacred Heart Parish
1010 E. Landis Ave.

Assembly of God
1059 W. Landis Ave.

South Vineland United Methodist Church
2724 S. Main Road

Pentecostal Church of God
1115 S. Main Road

First United Methodist Church
700 E. Landis Ave.

Our Lady of Pompeii Church
4680 Dante Ave.

New Life Tabernacle
69 W. Landis Ave.

Mount Pisgah Methodist Church
315 W. Plum St.

Voice of Deliverance New Covenant Church
1413 E. Chestnut Ave.

Catholic Charities
810 E. Montrose St.