Though we’ve started the conversation around mental health in Canada, it’s not enough. It’s time for action and it’s why I applaud the efforts of advocates like Frank Van Nie, Courtney Taylor, Dejan Bozin, Judy Wisdom, Shivani Sharma, Mark Farrant and Jeanette Schepp, the organizers behind the March For Mental Health Toronto (MFMHTO) on May 12th, […]

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi   05/02/2018 While countries such as Australia, the U.K., and the United States all have lots to build on going into this year’s World Maternal Mental Health Day on May 2nd, Canada is still playing catch-up. “In Canada, we are not yet doing anything,” Dr. Ariel K. Dalfen, head of […]

Huffington Post By Patricia Tomasi 04/25/2018 Warning: this post contains plot spoilers about the movie “Tully.” Maternal mental health advocates are fuming over Hollywood’s latest depiction of postpartum depression in the movie “Tully,” starring Charlize Theron, set to hit theatres May 4th. “It makes my blood boil,” Lisa Tremayne, co-founder of the Bloom Foundationand director […]

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi   04/20/2018 Adriana Maiato feared childbirth throughout her entire pregnancy. “I was always in fear of the big day,” Maiato, of Tottenham, Ont. told HuffPost Canada. “I even secretly thought of planning a C-section because the thought of having a baby come out of my vagina was terrifying.” Maiato was […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi  2018/03/20 There are many unanswered questions regarding the opioid crisis currently gripping the United States and Canada, including what to do about pregnant woman addicted to the drug both in terms of the health and safety of the woman and the infant. Up to a third of pregnant women are prescribed […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   2018/03/26 If exercise helps fight off depression as we’ve heard time and time again of late, it would make sense that stopping to exercise would then bring on depression or depressive symptoms in those with a prior history of depression, wouldn’t it? Yes and no, according to a new study […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi    2018/04/03 A recent study published in the Journal of Traditional Psychiatry says pregnant women with perinatal depression may be having an effect on their unborn child on a biological level, potentially putting them “at risk for developing a range of neuropsychiatric disorders.” This is not to scare women with perinatal depression. […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi     2018/04/10 Up to 20 per cent of women experience depression during pregnancy and 13 per cent decide to take medication for it. Since we know that a woman’s risk of developing postpartum depression increases if her depression during pregnancy is left untreated, we know it’s important that she not […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi    2018/04/17 A new study published this month in the American Economic Review has found that “family ruptures” and stress can impact the mental health of future generations – in utero, i.e., before someone is even born, highlighting the importance of improved maternal mental health care, even during the preconception phase. […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   03/13/2018 Remember the book-turned-early-90s-cultural-phenomenon, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus? Well, it seems the authors were on to something. Exciting research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada (CAMH) and the University of Pittsburgh has identified, for the first time, biological markers in the brain that […]

Where are our pregnancy badges, massages, and limo rides?! The Huffington Post     03/08/2018 By: Patricia Tomasi Think women have it pretty good in Canada when it comes to giving birth? Think again. Though Canada is definitely a great place to have a baby what with our universal healthcare system, 18-month maternity leave, and our new “use-it-or-lose-it” five […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi    02/06/2018 By 2022, two out of five new moms will be part of Generation Z. This is the generation born between 1997 and 1999 that grew up with Facebook and social media, tablets and smart phones. This is the generation for whom, “technology is like oxygen” says Julie Michaelson, head […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi  02/26/2018 What came first, the chicken or the egg? Are we born with our own unique personality or is the environment in which we are born and raised responsible for shaping it? In an article recently published in the Journal of New Ideas in Psychology, authors John E. Krzeczkowski from the Neuroscience […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   02/20/2018 In a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychological Science, authors Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi and Tom Johnstone from the Department of Psychology, School of Psychology and Clinical Languages at the University of Reading in the U.K. demonstrate how people with anxiety and depression tend to use more absolute words and […]

Lisa Tremayne is one incredible maternal mental health advocate. After going through fertility issues and delivering triplets that had to be treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Lisa suffered from postpartum depression and struggled herself to get help. “Within 72 hours of all my babies being home with each on a three hour feeding […]

Advocates say healthcare workers need better training. Huff Post Canada By: Patricia Tomasi      02/13/2018 Note: At their request, HuffPost Canada changed the names of the three Canadian mothers who came forward with their stories. No other names have been changed. When U.S. mom Jessica Porten made international headlines last month after she shared a shocking story […]

02/13/2018 Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi Even though postpartum depression affects 10% to 20% of women, less than 50% of women are screened. A new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Care in early 2018 looked at evidence for implementing postpartum depression screening in pediatric primary care and found that it is not only “feasible” but can […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 02/05/2018 As the general population moves towards a greater understanding and awareness of mental illness in campaigns such as Bell Let’s Talk in Canada and Time To Talk in the U.K., scientists, doctors and researchers continue to examine the causes of varying mental disorders in order to improve prevention, screening and […]

Here is an article by Today’s Parent about our attempt to make maternal mental health part of the national conversation using the hashtag #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth during the annual #BellLetsTalk Canadian mental health campaign. Looks like we garnered some attention! In the end, we ended up with over 13 million Twitter impressions and the Chair of Bell […]

Update: Using #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth, advocates were able to obtain 13 million impressions on Twitter during the Bell Let’s Talk campaign Jan. 31, 2018. The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/30/2018 While I love Bell Let’s Talk‘s decision to focus on everyday Canadians this year instead of the celebrities we’re used to hearing from, I wish just one of the […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 01/23/2018 A recent study published by the Public Library of Science in December 2017 reveals that perinatal depression (depression in pregnancy and postpartum) is linked with higher rates of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children at ages three and six years highlighting an “urgent” need for perinatal depression screening. Even […]

“Women in Canada are getting the short straw, time and time again.” The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/22/2018 SHIRONOSOV VIA GETTY IMAGES   When Tara Mandarano of Richmond Hill, Ont., was five months pregnant, she gathered up the courage to tell her ob-gyn that she was feeling “incredibly anxious” all the time. She was embarrassed […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/22/2018   It’s every mom with postpartum depression’s worst nightmare: seeking help only to have children’s aid called, or worse, the cops. And that’s what happened to Jessica Porten of Sacramento, California this past weekend. “I thought it was very excessive, but I was told that the ER was where […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 01/16/2018 Not many studies have been done on the prevalence and identification of prenatal mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. The focus has tended to be more on testing screening methods for postpartum depression and maternal mental health disorders in the postpartum period which affects 10% to 20% of mothers, […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 01/09/2018 Even though nearly 15 per cent of women suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), we still don’t know the definitive causes of PPD and why some women are affected by it while others aren’t. PPD can come on anytime in the first year postpartum and symptoms can include anxiety as well […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 12/12/2018 Nary a day goes by without yet another celebrity, politician, or high ranking member of the media being accused of sexual harassment. The first domino to fall was Hollywood film producer magnate, Harvey Weinstein followed by Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, U.S. Senator Al Franken and many others.   It’s a […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 12/18/2017 We all know of a person that takes way too many selfies. Perhaps that person is you! Taking selfies and posting them on Instagram and Facebook is fun and lots of us do it, but did you know that indulging in selfie-taking could also be a sign of a mental […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 12/29/2017 The World Health Organization (WHO) seems ready to declare gaming as a mental health disorder in their newly updated International Classification of Diseases manual (ICD-11) set to be published in 2018. The manual hasn’t been updated since 1990.   Gaming disorder isn’t yet recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 01/02/2018 The age at which girls begin their period has “declined dramatically” over the past 50 years. While the average age of menstruation is currently 12 years of age, it used to be 16 years of age in the early 20th century. Though we don’t know exactly why this is occurring, […]

Diply By patriciatomasi   Of course you’ll take your kids tobogganing and do all the classic activities during the winter break, but what happens when they don’t want to build a snowman and they have cabin fever and they’re bored and you need time for yourself? Try these unique ideas to keep your kids engaged and […]