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The Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression

Many healthcare professionals work with new parents who may have symptoms of perinatal mood disorders such as postpartum depression (PPD) or anxiety. You may be in the position to make a referral or provide resources to your patients/clients.​

Find provider resources for PPD and other perinatal mood disorders at Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms and at Lifeline4Moms.

See additional provider resources from Postpartum Support International and the Department of Public Health



This special legislative commission is tasked with investigating policy initiatives to address perinatal mental health and promoting mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. The Commission seeks to improve resources for perinatal mood disorders, including Postpartum Depression. Learn more about the PPD Commission here

who we are

1 in 7 pregnant women and new mothers may experience depression and/or anxiety.

1 in 10 new fathers may experience depression and/or anxiety.

You and your baby are important. If you feel sad, worried, angry or anxious, you are not alone. You can find support through your healthcare provider.

Learn more about Postpartum Depression and and other perinatal emotional complications here

for parents 

Need help now? Necesito ayuda ahora? 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? For immediate help 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


This website is the official website of The Massachusetts Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression.  This website is maintained by the Office of State Representative James J. O'Day and has not been paid for at taxpayer expense.

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