NorthJersey.com (October 14, 2021), New Jersey 101.5 (October 15, 2021), NJ Spotlight News (October 15, 2021) covering CPNJ’s new program that focuses on treating the mental health of new and expectant mothers.
CarePlus opened a new maternal and family center this week to meet the mental health needs of women and families before, during and after pregnancy. The program aims to change the “treatment desert” that maternal mental health treatment has been described as, by offering help to women and families who are trying to conceive, are currently pregnant, have postpartum depression, or have suffered grief related to pregnancy or loss of a young child. The services will be including counseling, support groups, medication education, family education, support for fathers, spouses and partners, and coordinated care with primary doctors, OB/GYNs and referrals to other supportive services.
“CarePlus is not only helping mothers who are struggling with a mental health issue, but you’re treating an entire family,” he said. “It’s this kind of approach that will truly encourage success and health for mothers and their children.” -Tammy Murphy
“Breaking the stigma of seeking help for a mental health issue is vitally important, and I am hopeful that because of CarePlus and organizations like it, soon no one will have to suffer in silence,” said first lady Tammy Murphy, an advocate for maternal health who was on site for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.