Step Up For Mental Health is a peer-to-peer non-for-profit providing support, assistance and education. First, we support individuals dealing with a mental health disorder. Secondly, we assist family members caring for someone with a mental illness and, thirdly, we educate the public on mental health issues. We are here to share personal stories and help others make sense of the stigma and fear associated with illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
We know there are many misconceptions about how to best help family members and caregivers understand and manage day-to-day challenges. We address many issues relating to mental health including: the impact on families, the impact on kids and teens in school, poverty, hunger, homelessness, job loss, the elderly, mental health stigmas and loneliness.
"Worldwide about 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily depression. A recent meta-analysis showed that about 20 % of mothers in developing countries experience clinical depression after childbirth." - World Health Organization
Children who are dealing with mental health at an early age tend to face many challenges like stigma, depression, bullying from peers, shame, and anger - due to lack of understanding. Mental health not only affects the mother who is trying to care for the child but also everyone in the household who might not understand what is truly going on and how they can help. Education is key, particularly in homes where mental health isn't talked about to help move mother, baby and family forward.
To learn more about our mission and goals, please visit our website.