US Health Department launches mental health hotline for new and expectant mothers

NEW YORK — On Mother’s Day, the US Department of Health’s Health Administration and Services is launching a new mental health hotline for new and expectant mothers battling mental health problems.

It’s free, confidential support and just a phone call away.

“No one is completely immune to the challenges of mental strain and the toll it takes on the mother-to-be. I think anxiety and depression are such a common feeling and symptom in our society in general,” said Dr. Adalbert Pilip, a doctor in Smithtown, Long Island.

Pilip says having a hotline like this is unprecedented.

“Because it’s never been more important than during Mother’s Day to highlight how wonderful our women are and to recognize that we need to be there for them throughout this journey,” he told CBS2’s Thalia Perez.

Officials say when mothers call the hotline, they will receive a wide range of support, including brief interventions from trained counselors who are culturally and trauma-informed, all over the phone.

This announcement, made during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week and Mental Health Awareness Month, supports President Joe Biden’s government strategy to transform mental health care for all Americans.

Moms also receive referrals to support groups and can call or text 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) contact an advisor.

For more information about the hotline, click here

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