Sidra Medicine is hosting a series of events and workshops in support of World Maternal Mental Health Day, which falls on May 1.
The events include Maternal Mental Health Day Psychiatry Grand Round for Healthcare Professionals to be held at Sidra Medicine Auditorium, Level 2 on May 1 from 11am to 1pm and Interactive Workshop Sessions for Women and Families at Qatar National Library on May 2 from 4pm to 5.30pm in English and 6 pm to 7.30pm in Arabic.
For the second year, Sidra Medicine is partnering with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) to highlight the services available in Qatar for women experiencing perinatal mental health disorders. Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) refers to the emotional and psychological wellbeing of mothers during the period of conception to 12 months after a baby is born.
Commenting on the joint collaboration, organiser Dr Zainab Imam, psychiatrist, Sidra Medicine said: “Pregnancy and having a baby can be associated with a range of emotions, including stress, anxiety and sadness, especially if a woman is having pregnancy complications, other life stresses or a history of previous mental health difficulties. Our focus this year is to raise awareness about the resources that are available at Sidra Medicine and other centres for women and families in the country.”
“Our interactive workshop sessions at the Qatar National Library this year will also feature patient advocates who will talk about their personal perinatal mental health journey and how a family centered approach to care and treatment helped them overcome their challenges,” continued Dr Imam.
Sidra Medicine’s perinatal mental health services is a free national service available to all women whose obstetric condition is having an impact on their mental health and emotional wellbeing, or whose pre-existing mental health issues may be affecting their pregnancy and postnatal period. Referrals are not required.