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Celebrating World Maternal Mental Health Day

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May 6, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (PDT)

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May 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm PDT

Join us for World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day as part of the national TheBlueDotProject campaign, with this year’s theme “Motherhood is Not Black And White.”

This year more than ever moms are feeling overwhelmed, confused and lonely due to the unprecedented events of COVID-19. Motherhood has felt grey and often it’s treated like it’s black and white -when it’s nothing but.

Join us in this conversation to unpack the complications of life and motherhood together as we push to #makeovermotherhood. Panel includes Joy Burkhard, Abigail Hawk, Kay Matthews, and Wendy Davis.

Joy Burkhard

Joy is the founder and executive director of 2020 Mom a non-profit social change organization aggressively working to close gaps in maternal mental health through education, awareness and advocacy.

2020 Mom’s projects include the brand’s “Mom Congress” and TheBlueDotProject. Mom Congress is a coalition of non-profit organizations and individual members working to improve birth and support of early motherhood, and he TheBlueDotProject a national awareness movement for maternal mental health which hosts the U.S.’s maternal mental health awareness week social media campaign.

Abigail Hawk

Abigail Hawk is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, humanitarian, and mom. She has starred opposite industry giants Chevy Chase, Laurence Fishburne, Jim Gaffigan, and Mariska Hargitay, to name a few, but she most enjoys working alongside legend Tom Selleck as Detective Abigail Baker on the CBS series, Blue Bloods. When she’s not keeping Commissioner Reagan in line, Abigail enjoys singing, writing, living, loving, over-posting on social media, and parenting two brilliant sons with her husband, who is practically perfect in every way.

Kay Matthews

Kay Matthews is a Successful Business Woman, Motivator, Advocate and Mental Health & Wellness Advisor. Kay Matthews lives in Houston Texas and is the Founder of BabyCakes & Brunch and Shades of Blue Project which was started after delivering her daughter stillborn and experiencing maternal mental health issues. She has been a local community advocate in Houston for over 20 years and her organization BabyCakes & Brunch has been recognized by the Mayor and was given their own day in the City. As a very active community advocate, Kay feels that helping others to reach their own goals is the best benefit of helping those she encounters. Kay is now actively teaching and speaking to women of all ages to help them better understand how important it is to help themselves before during and after childbirth. Helping them to realize that they are able to continue to live their dreams and still make life great against all odds. To Kay, this is the most important aspect of the work she does within the communities and it’s the motivation that she uses to continue to educate communities worldwide.

Wendy Davis

Wendy is the Executive Director of Postpartum Support International (PSI) and lives in Portland Oregon. She began her career as a psychotherapist in 1987, and started specializing in perinatal mental health after recovering from postpartum depression and anxiety in 1994. She founded Oregon’s first perinatal mental health support organization Baby Blues Connection in 1994, became a PSI support coordinator in 1997, and was hired as the PSI Executive Director in 2009. She works with providers, public health systems, schools, communities, and hospitals to develop and provide perinatal mental health training curriculum and services. She provides consultation and training for others who are developing their own perinatal support services, and she loves to help them formulate the particular model of support that can be sustainable in their local community. She is committed to listening, learning, and improving our capacity to serve all families who need our help. She is extremely proud to be part of PSI and to work with such courageous and passionate people around the world.