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State of Utah and YWCA team up to offer new maternal mental health resources

Posted at 10:06 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 00:06:50-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Maternal mental health took center stage on Utah's Capitol Hill this week.

It's a problem that often goes untreated and leaves new mothers feeling alone and embarassed. But a new resource aims to bring the issue out of the darkness.

In an event with the YWCA, mother and survivor Kelsie Oliver opened up about the mental health issues that put her in the hospital.

Studies show one in three women experience problems during pregnancy, including anxiety, OCD or postpartum depression.

One of the biggest issues doctors say is women often play down the symptoms are just hormonal changes.

So the state is partnering with the YWCA to create a new online resource offering struggling mothers a pathway to help. The website helps mothers search for doctors across the state who specialize in maternal mental health.

But doctors say the most important step is to admit there is a problem.

Funds for the new site and resources came from a 2019 legislative appropriation.

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