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Supporting perinatal mental health during COVID-19

What: Online, Webinar
When: March 1, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The postpartum period is a time of high risk for mental illness, impacting one in five birthing people. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions have had a substantial impact on mental health globally, with postpartum people being at particularly high risk. This webinar will introduce the latest research on the impact of COVID-19 on postpartum mental health in Ontario and will describe barriers to and facilitators of access to postpartum mental health supports during the pandemic. This service provider-oriented workshop is designed to improve understanding of the mental health needs of postpartum people, and avenues for supporting their mental health, during and beyond the pandemic.

View webinar recording here.


Dr. Simone Vigod

Dr. Vigod is Professor of Psychiatry, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Head of the Department of Psychiatry, and Shirley A. Brown Memorial Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research, Women’s College Hospital and Senior Adjunct Scientist, ICES, Toronto, Ontario. Her program of research focuses on the improving the mental health of pregnant and postpartum people, along with the health and developmental trajectories of their children through large-scale population-based epidemiological research and randomized controlled trials of innovative treatments and health system interventions.

Jaime Charlebois

Jaime Charlebois is the Regional Perinatal Mood Disorder Coordinator at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and co-founder and research director of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative, a group of advocates lobbying the federal government to create a perinatal mental health strategy. Ms. Charlebois holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Perinatal Mental Health certification from Postpartum Support International. Her work experience includes 23 years of clinical nursing, higher education, and clinical leadership positions. She collaborates at the local, provincial, and national level with multiple organizations and committees.