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Florida BH IMPACT aims to improve the identification and treatment of pregnant and postpartum patients who experience mental health and substance abuse disorders by expanding behavioral health screening and access to services for prenatal, pregnant, and postpartum women. The program promotes maternal and child health by building healthcare providers' capacity for addressing these critical issues through professional development, expert consultation and support, and dissemination of best practices.

This month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members came together to promote suicide prevention awareness. Check out the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website for more resources and information. Risk factors for suicide include mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders, alcohol and other substance use disorders, a history of trauma or abuse, and more. Effective clinical care for mental, physical and substance use disorders, easy access to a variety of clinical interventions, strong connections to family and community support, and support through ongoing medical and mental health care relationships can make it less likely that individuals will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. Read more about risk and protective factors here. Click here for resources for suicide loss survivors.

The Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance has published a new Fact Sheet titled "Maternal Mental Health and Suicide" (click here to read it!) 
Click here to see more other MMHLA fact sheets!
On September 6-10, 2020 Mom led the 2021 Maternal Suicide Awareness campaign. Suicide and overdose combined are the leading cause of maternal death in the first year following pregnancy.

On September 30th at 1:00 p.m. EST, 2020 Mom is hosting a webinar titled "Maternal Suicide in the U.S., The Latest Research & Data Collection Efforts". Click here to register!
Primary care providers have an important role to play in suicide prevention. SPRC & WICHE MHP 
developed a
Toolkit just for primary care providers to support the implementation of suicide prevention in their practices. Inside there are assessment guidelines, safety plans, billing tips, sample protocols, and more. In addition to the online version, the toolkit is also available as a free PDF.
Provider Portal 
Registration / Login

The provider portal has access to clinical and evidence-based behavioral health resources, training materials, and more!
Mother's Mental Health Toolkit
Mental health resources for mothers, families, and health care professionals.
FL Moms Mental Health 
Resource Directory

Florida families and healthcare providers can use this site to search for services that align with their specific needs, preferred payment type, and geographic location.
Florida BH IMPACT Website
Click above to visit our website for more program information, resources, and provider-specific tools.
Learn about Florida BH IMPACT from our team, Dr. Heather Flynn, Dr. Amandla Shabaka-Haynes, and Dr. Kay Roussos-Ross. 
Thank you to the 
Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative for hosting and editing this video.
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