Thank you for visiting our fundraising page! This fund was developed in response to the profound mental health crisis impacting perinatal* families in Georgia. Read on if you want to directly support our state's moms and parents who need it most! And if you want to apply to RECEIVE funds for therapy, click here.
*The period of time that begins with pregnancy and extends up to 2 years postpartum.
What is this fund?
The Georgia Fund for Perinatal Mental Health is a grassroots crowdfunding effort to pay for fully funded therapy sessions for perinatal moms and families in Georgia.
This fund is rooted in the practice of mutual aid, with the understanding that our state’s healthcare systems have failed to meet the primary mental health needs of moms and parents. Georgia currently holds the highest (#50) maternal mortality rate and the worst (#50) record for mental health care access in the US.
We aim to raise $50,000 for 50 perinatal moms and parents to receive 10 fully funded therapy sessions with a qualified perinatal therapist.
The goals of the fund are to:
1) improve access to perinatal mental health care for moms and parents in Georgia
2) promote mental health and healing as an essential part of parenting
3) support the improvement of health outcomes for all parents in Georgia
Who does this fund benefit?
All donations will be used to cover the costs of perinatal therapy sessions for anyone residing in Georgia who:
• Is currently pregnant
• Is up to 2 years postpartum
• Has experienced a pregnancy or infant loss in the past 2 years
• Has experienced a pregnancy termination in the past 2 years
• Is a non-birthing, step-, or adoptive parent with children 2 years and under
• Is experiencing infertility or undergoing fertility treatment
Though anyone who meets the above criteria may apply to receive funds, priority will be given to the uninsured and Medicaid recipients.
If you want to apply to RECEIVE therapy funds, click here.
Why is this fund needed?
Though there has been increasing coverage of our country’s mental health crisis, less attention has been paid to the perinatal or maternal mental health crisis, and even less to its impact on public health in Georgia:
• Georgia is ranked last (#50) for access to mental health care. Our state also holds the worst record for maternal mortality in our country (#50), with maternal suicide as the leading cause of death.
• In Georgia – labeled the “most dangerous state for pregnant women” – Black women are 3 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women nationally.
• Most of Georgia’s counties are experiencing a mental health care shortage, particularly outside metro Atlanta. In 77 counties, there is not a single psychiatrist working full-time.
• Only 46 certified perinatal mental health providers currently serve Georgia. Of those, only half accept insurance and only 2 are in network with Medicaid. This means that most perinatal moms and parents who seek therapy cannot find a qualified clinician or afford their fees, which range from $80 to $250 per session.
• Nationwide, perinatal mental health disorders like postpartum depression and anxiety are the #1 complication of childbirth, impacting 1 in 5 parents (1 in 3 for BIPOC parents). This is widely understood to be an underestimation of how many are affected.
How can you help?
The best and most direct way to help is to DONATE! Any amount is helpful and all support is appreciated.
For providers: If you are a certified perinatal provider (PMH-C) or a licensed therapist with more than 2 years of perinatal experience and you want to offer your services to fund recipients, please get in touch!
For perinatal moms and parents in GA: Our intake is OPEN! If you are interested in receiving therapy funds, please click here to learn more and apply.
You can also help by sharing this page and spreading the word within your networks!
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