Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi  06/15/2018 Maternal mental health advocate Claire Kerr-Zlobin was surprised to learn Canada is funding postpartum depression screening projects abroad while, at the same time, not recommending the practice here at home. “I’ve been trying for years to get traction on universal perinatal depression screening for mothers in Canada,” Kerr-Zlobin, founder of Life […]

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi  06/08/2018 Janice Lamont* was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) following two miscarriages in the past year. “It was two pregnancies,” said Lamont, who lives in London, Ont. and asked for her real name not to be used. “The first was twins. I saw their heartbeats at the six-week ultrasound. Then […]

The Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi  05/30/2018 It took Sara Beckel a year to recover from postpartum depression. “It was debilitating on all fronts,” Beckel told HuffPost Canada. “If brexanolone had been around, I would have said ‘sign me up!’” As a certified labour doula and founder of Family First Doula Service & Maternal Wellness in Regina, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Diply By patriciatomasi Kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder can have heightened senses and brains that constantly seek sensory input — hence the invention of the most popular sensory toy of all time, the fidget spinner. While it got a bad rap, sensory toys can help atypicals learn more and they’re also super fun. Here are the […]

Diply By patriciatomasi We all need a change every now and then, but sometimes we just simply can’t afford to give our kid the room of their dreams…until now. Here are some of the most creative and least expensive ways to makeover your kid’s room. Plus, these DIYs get them involved! It’s a win-win. 1. Drive […]

Diply By patriciatomasi Do you suffer from bad mom jokes? You’re not alone. Here are 16 cringe-worthy mom jokes that have us shaking our heads wondering how we ever survived our punny upbringing. But all kidding aside, we love our moms and their rather questionable humour and to be fair, some of these are actually funny. […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 12/08/2017 ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but for children with sensory issues, all the lights, sights, and sounds of the holiday season can be a bit overwhelming. Children with sensory processing disorder, autism, or attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) can experience sensory overload from regular sights and sounds we take […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/07/2017 When Connie Chow of Edmonton, Alta., couldn’t access a therapist to help her through postpartum depression, her husband suggested she try online therapy. “I was isolating myself,” recalls Chow. “He noticed that I didn’t want to leave the house with the baby and that I would worry or fixate […]

Diply By patriciatomasi Hate winter? You’re not alone. Many of us literally feel sad once days start getting shorter and darker. Seasonal Affective Disorder or “SAD” can leave us feeling tired and unmotivated. Don’t be left out in the cold. Here are 16 ways to combat snowmageddon and start enjoying old man winter again. 1. Take […]

Diply By patriciatomasi Congratulations! You’re pregnant! Cue the raging hormones, morning sickness, and uninvited belly rubs. But seriously, there is no need to worry. We’re here with the other side of things: the awesome side. So check out these 12 pregnancy perks that prove pregnancy can be the best time of your life. 1. You Get […]

I was interviewed about my postpartum anxiety experience by Cynthia McKelvey for Romper and the article was published today. I’m glad to see more articles about postpartum anxiety. Though I say I suffered from postpartum depression, it’s really an umbrella term I use and many use to cover all maternal mental health disorders, when in fact, […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/07/2017 People who need help already languish on wait lists, and that may not change. We’ve come to the end of another Mental Illness Awareness Week, the time of year when government suddenly finds the money and resources for programs and initiatives long overdue which they announce with great fanfare and […]

Today is October 10th, World Mental Health Day (WMHD). It’s been 25 years since the World Federation of Mental Health began the first WMHD back in 1992. I have to admit, it’s the first time I’ve heard of it. The World Federation of Mental Health, working presently out of the state of Virginia in the […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/02/2017 Not all screen time is bad. Porchya Bernier’s son, Jordan, missed most of junior kindergarten because of his sensory issues related to autism. “The school asked me to remove him,” says Bernier. “He couldn’t handle the loudness and busyness of the classroom and had problems focusing on his own […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 09/11/2017 Could you really say no to your child if they said they wanted to run across Canada to raise money for mental health? After experiencing the struggles of his family and fellow classmates firsthand, and pleading with his mom to let him help, 13-year-old Zach Hofer of Barrie, Ont. […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 08/29/2017 I’ve learned that it really is up to me, the parent, to ensure my daughter with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has a successful school year. ADHD occurs in five per cent of children worldwide and is the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorder in Canada. Now that Eva is entering […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 08/22/2017 Touching or following other children on the playground is how five-year-old Kellen tries to make new friends. “I have to intervene at that point,” says Kellen’s mom, Heather Atkinson-Rossi. “I tell the children his name and explain that he doesn’t have words but likes watching and running with others.” […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 06/01/2017 New screen time recommendations by the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) released today for children under the age of four do not apply to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities are excluded as well as older children and […]