A Mother’s Day Gift from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS): a Maternal Mental Health Hotline, a brand new, confidential, toll-free hotline for anticipating and new mothers experiencing psychological health challenges.
With an preliminary $3 million funding, the hotline launched on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022,The President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget would greater than double this preliminary funding, permitting the HHS to increase the Maternal Mental Health Hotline’s skilled staffing and construct extra capability.
“The Biden-Harris Administration has a bold vision for changing the way we address, treat and integrate mental health—both in and out of health care settings. This new Maternal Mental Health Hotline will not only advance our priorities of tackling the nation’s mental health crisis, but also support our efforts to ensure healthy pregnancies and support new parents.” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra
This announcement was made final week, throughout Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week and Mental Health Awareness Month, and helps President Biden’s technique to remodel psychological health providers for all Americans.
The hotline is accessible by cellphone or textual content at 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) in English and Spanish. TTY Users can use a most popular relay service or dial 711 after which 1-833-943-5746.
Individuals who contact the hotline will probably be supplied a variety of assist, together with transient interventions from skilled counselors who’re culturally and trauma-informed, in addition to referrals to each community-based and telehealth suppliers as wanted. Callers may also obtain evidence-based info and referrals to assist teams and different neighborhood assets.
The Maternal Mental Health Hotline displays the Biden-Harris Administration’s complete method to enhancing maternal health and fairness because the President and Vice President first took workplace. HHS can be funding seven states to assist a Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression Program to increase women’s health care suppliers’ coaching in psychological health and to offer them with teleconsultation entry to psychological health specialists to assist their sufferers’ psychological health wants.
Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD
HHS Launches New Maternal Mental Health Hotline (Department of Health and Human Services)