These are some of our previous Campaigns and Events regarding Perinatal Mood Disorders (reverse chronological order):
Postpartum Support International's 19th Annual Conference: Perinatal Depression: Overcoming Barriers to Recovery.
June 24-25, 2005 in San Jose, California
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Press Conference for Re-introduction of Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act. (H.R. 1940): Thursday, May 5th at 9:00 a.m. (EST), in Washington D.C. in the Rayburn Building (Room 2218). Joining Congressman Bobby Rush (sponsor of the bill) will be Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ), First Lady Mary Jo Codey, wife of Acting New Jersey Governor Richard Codey, PSI representative Teresa Twomey (Virginia), and other women who have suffered from postpartum mood disorders. Other congressional representatives are scheduled to be in attendance.
Heart of Virginia Festival: Saturday, May 7th, 2005, downtown Farmville, Virginia. Postpartum Virginia will have a booth. I will be there. If you are interested in being part of Postpartum Virginia, I invite you to join us at the booth. Following the festival we will have dinner and an organizational meeting. (The dinner meeting has been postponed due to chickenpox.) All interested parties are invited to come by our booth at the festival.
Women's and Girls' Wellness Expo: Saturday, April 2nd, 2005, at the Virginia Science Museum in Richmond, Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Postpartum Virginia will have a booth. I will be there.
Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation for Postpartum Depression Awareness Annual 5K Run/Walk: February 26th, 2005, Hampton Park in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. This year Edrienne Leolani Carpenter, the reigning Mrs. United States, will be attending. Her site is: www.mrsunitedstates.com/reigning/index.html
For more information: www.PPDSupport.org
Connections Leadership Magazine, (MOPS International) Article in Volume Seven, Number Three, January 2005, "My Journey Through Postpartum Depression," by Teresa Twomey.
Richmond Times-Dispatch: "Virginia gets 'baby blues' grant - $250,000 will be used to develop Web tool on postpartum depression." Article by Tammie Smith, Times-Dispatch Staff Writer, Monday, December 13, 2004. This website (postpartumexperience.com) cited and quoted extensively.
Unit Meeting of the United Methodist Women: Presentation on "Women and their Moods," in Farmville, VA on November 20th, 2004.
Wednesday's with Women's Studies, Presentation on "Postpartum Psychosis and the Law" (monthly lecture series at Longwood University) November 3rd, 2004. "I left her presentation with a better understanding of the complexity of the issue." Pam Tracy, Director of Women's Studies, Longwood University.
Speaker for Chester Virginia MOPS group, October 15, 2004.
Guest Lecturer for Graduate level Clinical Psychopathology class at Longwood University on September 15, 2004, Maureen Wells-McKay, PsyD, professor. "It is one thing to read and study a disorder; it is quite another to learn from someone who is willing to share their personal journey. The students felt "inspired" and "in awe" of your passion and commitment to this topic and to educating and helping others." - Maureen Wells-McKay, PsyD.
Postpartum Support International's 18th Annual Conference: Engaging and Supporting Mothers, Partners/Families and Communities in Obtaining Care for Perinatal Mood Disorders: Focus on Fathers, Ethnicity and Spirituality.
June 25-26, 2004 in Northbrook, Illinois
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***I will be attending this conference. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email me: email@example.com
Community Health Fair, in Dogwood Dell Area of Byrd Park, Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, May 15, 2004 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. I will have an information booth.
Heart of Virginia Festival on May 1, 2004. I will have an information booth.
"Great Moms Walk" in Byrd Park, Richmond, Virginia (Regional MOPS walkathon) on Saturday, April 24, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. I will have an information booth.
GoodLife TV is planning to cover Postpartum Mood Disorders on their show An American Family. Mine is one of the two families profiled. The show will premiere on on April 11, 2004. It will also be repeated April 12-April 15 at various times. The web site for GoodLife TV is: www.Goodtv.com
Women's Studies Fair for Women's History Month, Longwood University, in Farmville, VA on March 31, 2004. I will have an information booth.
Southside Community Hospital's Women and Girl's Health Fair in Farmville, Virginia, on April 6th, 2004, from noon-4:00p.m. I will have an information booth.
The Farmville Herald: "Local Author Tackles Postpartum Illness: Book Highlights Mothers' Struggles," by Jason Norton. (Article on February 4, 2004.)
Aetna Intelihealth: A Tale of Two Women (Article on postpartum psychosis, including part of my story.)
Postpartum Support International's 17th Annual Conference: Perinatal Mental Health: Communities Making A Difference; Providing for the Health and Safety of Families Worldwide. June 2003, New York City, New York. I attended this conference and was offered the position of Coordinator for the State of Virginia, which I accepted. I also attended training on Perinatal Mood Disorders Assessment and Treatment.
University of Virginia Women's Center Presentation: "A Journey into Darkness: One Woman's Experience with Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Psychosis," Charlottesville Virginia, September 20, 2002.
"Ms. Twomey delivered her talk in front of a very full audience... During the talk, she delved into some highly personal rememberances involving severe depression and a psychotic postpartum episode. Quite understandably she became upset, but she bravely continued to talk in order to give the audience memberst the fullest picture possible of her condition and recovery. The audience was rapt in attention the whole time, and many members became visibly emotional.... [T]his presentation is well suited for the general public as well as members of the medical community... Ms. Twomey's dedication to helping others to become aware of the significance of postpartum depression and psychosis is admirable. She is a very polished public speaker. The Women's Center highly recommends her lecture services..." - Sarah Whitney, UVA Women's Center Director of Programming.
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