We’re Kayla Z, Doron P, and Litzy S, also known as The Meta-Chicks, and we are beginning to tackle our 10th grade DAP project. We chose our team name because we are trying to make a change for the Maternal Mental Health Conference, so we felt the medical term meta really represented our goal to make a change in the scientific field. As a team, our combined knowledge of pregnancy that we have learned over the last school year as well as personal experiences with mental health, pregnant family members, and design allow us to have a leading edge to solve the problem the Maternal Mental Health Conference has posed to us.
Starting a new project is always hard but establishing the actual problem is even harder. As a group we came to a understanding that the main purpose of this project is to see how can we use art to transmit information about perinatal mental health to Texas citizens. In our opinion citizens of the state of Texas, including ourselves are not properly educated about perinatal mental health, something that affects many around the world. Mental health is general is just a super important topic that everyone should be informed about. According to Mental Health America 20% percent of women in the United States of America are affected by perinatal mental health disorders, the most common being anxiety and depression. Even though many are not educated in this issue it’s still something that everyone should be, something that they can benefit from in the future when becoming a parent and helping the world become a better, more understanding community that is more welcoming of mothers and fathers that go through hard times.
The Maternal Mental Health Conference is actively trying to reach those goals too, and they’re generously providing us the opportunity to help them. They seek to provide expecting parents the opportunity to connect to medical professionals, especially for mental health. Additionally, they want to educate everyone on the risks, treatment, and symptoms of perinatal mental health disorders. Anyone who attends the conference will be able to gain information about these topics through talking to experts, watching presentations, or reading brochures. If you would like to be one of the people educated about these important topics, please visit the Maternal Mental Health Conference website for more information.
We personally connect with the Maternal Mental Health Conference’s goal because this year in our biomed class we are learning about pregnancy and we were completely blindsided about all the different types of mental health problems mothers and expecting mothers are susceptible to. Being biomed students and learning about pregnancy, we must be informed about perinatal mental health.
In conclusion, our group’s mission is to end ignorance about perinatal mental health among all citizens of Texas. Our goal is that mother’s mental health will be an open topic of discussion for everyone and that it won’t be something that mother’s would be ashamed of. We hope that we have your support in our cause to better the world and that the future generations will learn about mental health just like any other thing they learn. Will you be a part of this movement?