• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/15/2013
  • Club Name: Forest
  • Project Name: Forest Post Partum Depression Support Group
  • Project Total Expenditures: $2,400.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $1,200.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Horizon Behavioral Health currently provides clinical services at the Forest Women’s Center to women who have been identified or are at risk of having a mental health or other issue that is not normally treated through a typical obstetrical setting. With the integrated care model being used, women are more likely to receive additional services as needed in one setting. This has proven outcomes in health overall. We have seen a growing need for women who are suffering from Post-Partum Depression (PPD). Many women who have suffered from depression or any other mental health issue are already pre-disposed to suffering from PPD. There are no other support groups in the area that offer support. The closest group is located in Roanoke, VA. This will be the first support group of this kind in our area.

    The Post-Partum Depression Support Groups will be held twice monthly at the Forest Women’s Center in Forest, Virginia. This project will specifically target women who are seen for services at the Forest Women’s Center. We anticipate the women served will range from little to no income to:
    • Improve the mental and physical health of the women and children; prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders among the children;
    • Improve parenting skills, family functioning, economic stability, and quality of life;
    • Teach moms self-help and coping skills
    • Assist women in identifying individual skills/attributes in parenting.
    • Assist in creating social bonds with other moms in the community.

    Sessions will be held twice monthly at the Forest Women’s Center. We anticipate on serving approximately 50 women during an eleven month period. This number could increase depending on the community response to the support group and growing needs.
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 7/1/2013
  • Expected End Date: 5/9/2014
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: Postpartum depression (PPD) sometimes called the “Baby Blues” occurs in approximately 10 to 20 percent of women within one year of the birth of a child, making it among the most frequent post-pregnancy complications of child birth. Some of the psychological stressors consistently associated with postpartum depression include sadness, hopelessness, low self-esteem, social withdrawal, anger, exhaustion, unemployment, marital conflict and lack of personal support from family and friends.
    Studies clearly show that the effects of postpartum depression are an indication of the risk factors for a child's intellectual, social, and cognitive development. Infants as young as three months of age are able to detect the moods displayed by their mothers and modify their own moods in response. It also can have long lasting, traumatic effects on a woman's confidence in herself as a mother, which in turn will affect her parenting skills.

    Children whose mothers suffered postpartum depression after childbirth face a greater risk of violent behavior by the time they reach the age of 11. The behavior among such children is especially high if their mothers suffered repeated bouts of depression. Mothers who are from low income households face even greater challenges including access to appropriate care or treatment due to lack of insurance, transportation and other factors.

    The link between a child's behavior and the mother's postpartum depression is associated with the children's problems in regulating their attention and emotions. Their cognitive skills, expressive language development and their attention span difficulties have been adversely affected by maternal depression.

    These findings emphasize the importance of early detection and treatment of postpartum depression. Preventative measures such as support groups and other treatment options are needed for women on the front end. Healthy moms equals healthy children. The overall benefit to the community is that by putting preventative measures in place we decrease the chances of additional mental health issues in the community and the potential for increased delinquent behavior in the local community.

    This project will also bring awareness to an issue that many suffer from and don’t receive any help for. Offering this type of support also decreases crisis situations and hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room. Unfortunately, many women are turned away and told to go to the Emergency Room when they are suffering from PPD. When they call their doctors, they do not have support options for them. This project takes a preventative measure versus a reactive measure.

    In additiona, this project focuses on the moms overall health, when babies are first born most if not all of the attention is focused on baby and not mom. Providing mom's with the mini mommy bags gives them a small gift especially for them to help them feel better.
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Forest Rotary Club will be directly involved in assisting Horizon Behavioral Health develop a Community Resource Packet for the mothers participating in the group sessions. The resource packs will include information on local play groups, mommy and me classes, local parks with addresses, babysitting options, library story times, exercise stroller groups, breastfeeding support groups, church programs, community based groups, Le Leche League, other services offered by Horizon Behavioral Health, Rotary International and Forest Rotary Club, and other information on programs that will be beneficial to mothers in the community. In addition, we will assist HBH in assembling the “Mini Mommy Bag” that will be given to each support group participant.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: With the assistance of Horizon Behavioral Health, the grant and project will be advertised within the community at Forest Women’s Center, internally within Horizon Behavioral Health through the Adult & Family Services and the Child & Family Services division. Also, since the Forest Women’s Center is a part of Centra Medical Group, we will ask them to publish information in the Virginia Baptist Hospital Labor & Delivery Unit, since most if not all of the women seen here deliver their babies at this hospital. We will also register with Post-Partum Support Virginia to become listed in the statewide directory of support groups.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Horizon Behvioral Health
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Rotary District Grants Committee ltr.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Budget Upload:Forest Rotary 2013-2014 PPD Budget (Autosaved).xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Arione Lawson
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Club Program Administrator
  • Primary Contact Email: arione.lawson@gmail.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 434-229-7291
  • Financial Contact Name: Clare Terry
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: President Elect
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    103 Wyndsong Place
    Lynchubrg, VA 24502 View on Map
  • Financial Contact Email: cwtnaction@msn.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 434-610-7077
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterAuthorization Form.jpg