Who We Are

In 2010, Massachusetts passed a law titled An Act Relative to Postpartum Depression. This act created a special legislative commission to address postpartum depression (PPD) in the Commonwealth. 

The Commission's name changed in 2016 to the Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression to honor State Representative Ellen Story upon her retirement. Representative Story championed the original 2010 legislation and helped expand PPD resources and education.


The Commission is tasked with investigating policy initiatives to address perinatal mental health and promote mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Our Commissioners include women who have lived experience with PPD, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, and more. The Commission seeks to improve resources for perinatal mood disorders available to women and their families.

Learn more about the Commission here

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum Depression (PPD) affects 1 in 7 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers.


Parents with PPD experience a range of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes including anxiety, irritability, unwanted or concerning thoughts, insomnia, and difficulty bonding with their baby. ​

PPD is treatable and we have resources for parents who think they may have PPD. Visit our Resources page to learn more. 


Need help now? Call the Massachusetts PSI Warm Line at 866-472-1897. The PSI of Massachusetts telephone Warm Line provides toll-free and confidential information, support and listings of local resources such as PPD groups and clinicians. Leave a message and a volunteer will get back to you within 24 hours.

Are you or a family member experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis? Call Emergency Services Program/Mobile Crisis Intervention at 1-877-382-1609.

Find other resources for PPD and other perinatal mood disorders at https://www.mass.gov/postpartum-depression