The Blue Dot is the national symbol for maternal mental health
survivorship, support, and solidarity.
This year, Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week features the Tough as a Mother campaign which supports those who are pregnant and parenting in seeking support for recovery from substance use disorder. Maternal mental health and maternal substance use are generally not talked about in the same spaces, even though they are happening to the same people, in the same communities and are both leading contributors to maternal mortality. Without adequate mental health services, many women self-medicate with alcohol, marijuana and/or drugs or misuse prescription medications such as opioids to cope with their anxiety and untreated trauma.
Next week Nordic Marcé will publish new postings every day in support of mothers all over the world.