Mental Illness Awareness Week: A Focus on Postpartum Depression (PPD)
Film Screening | Dinner | Panel Discussion
Dark Side of the Full Moon delves into the unseen world of maternal mental health in the U.S. It will uncover the disconnect within the medical community to effectively screen, refer, and treat the 1.3 million mothers affected each year, giving a face and voice to the countless women who suffered in silence.
Join the Yates Children Memorial Fund Advisory Committee, a Women's Mental Health Initiative at Mental Health America of Greater Houston for this special Mental Illness Awareness Week Event focused on Postpartum Depression.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
United Way of Greater Houston
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Check In: 5:30 pm | Dinner: 6:00 pm
Event Cost: $10.00
Free 2 hour CEUs for licensed Social Workers, LMFTs, LPCs, and LCDCs.
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For Help, Contact Tiffany Ross
Education & Training Program Manager
Dark Side of the Full Moon is an awareness project of the
Yates Children Memorial Fund Advisory Committee, a Women's Mental Health Initiative at
Mental Health America of Greater Houston,
A United Way Agency since 1958.
Sherry J. Duson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in individual, couples and family therapy and maintains a private practice in Houston, Texas.
With over 16 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of University of Houston-Clear Lake specializing in Family Therapy, she currently works with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are pregnancy and postpartum related issues, couples therapy for dating, engaged, co-habitating, separated or married couples, personal growth and self-care, and family relationships.
In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Sherry has presented at local, state and national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of pregnancy and postpartum depression, self-care for new mothers, and changes in marriage after baby. She served 10 years on the Board of The Houston Association For Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Texas State Board Certified Clinical Supervisor for LMFT and LPC. She also served 6 years on the Advisory Board of the Yates Children Memorial Fund for Women's Mental Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. She is a past president of the Houston Association For Marriage and Family Therapy.
Sherry is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishng. She is comfortable with incorporating spirituality with therapy when desired, and works with gay and lesbian clients as well. Sherry is married with two children.
Kirsten von Aulock is a mother, advocate and licensed social worker. Kirsten graduated with her Master's in Social Work with a specialty in mental health from Loyola University Chicago in 2012. During her undergraduate years she worked directly with several mental health driven nonprofits such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and OCD Chicago. In October 2012, she married her longtime boyfriend, Ben von Aulock. The following December her first child, Christine, was born. In August 2014, Kirsten and her family moved from their home in Des Plaines, Illinois to Spring, Texas. Kirsten has been volunteering as a public speaker since 2012. She is currently a full-time mom and new volunteer at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. Her hope is to reshape the mental illness conversation and inspire people to seek treatment when needed.
Elisabeth Netherton is a third year psychiatry resident at the Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She completed undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of the Bridging Disciplines program, concentrating in interdisciplinary studies of children's health. She graduated from the University of Texas at Houston Medical School, where she was awarded the Helen and William Guynn Award for psychiatry. She is a past vice-president of Doctors for Change, a local nonprofit that seeks to improve healthcare in Houston through education, research, legislative advocacy, and local projects, and is most interested in research and clinical work that has the potential to improve psychiatric care of women and children.
Mental Health America of Greater Houston is leading and supporting the Yates Children Memorial Fund (YCMF), a Women's Mental Health collaborative effort to significantly improve the mental health outcomes of mothers of new babies in Greater Houston.
Health and mental health professionals, mothers and those who deliver care or services to mothers and their young children have come together to implement this city-wide program that seeks specifically to:
- Increase awareness of postpartum depression (PPD)
- Train and increase knowledge of PPD and other perinatal mental health concerns among health and mental health professionals
- Encourage early detection and screenings at wellness check-ups for mothers and/or babies to prevent postpartum tragedy
- Eliminate the stigma of women seeking help for PPD
Longer term, the goal is to increase the number of mothers, especially those who are low income, seeking help for PPD in the Greater Houston area.
Free parking is available in the adjoining garage.