Crane tabling motion to support services for post-partum depression

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Former Opposition leader and now an independent Progressive Conservative MLA, Olive Crane. File Photo

SUMMERSIDE – There’s been a lot of talk of mental health services on Prince Edward Island lately.

Several highly publicized events, including a handful of deaths related to mental health and addictions have kept the issue in headlines for weeks.

Now, independent MLA Olive Crane is highlighting another aspect of this issue – one that she says Islanders should be paying more attention to. 

In a press release Thursday morning, Crane said she will be tabling a motion in the legislature “calling on government to support mental health services for post-partum depression.”

“Having a baby is both a physically and mentally challenging time for mothers,” said Crane, “for some mothers, they actually experience depression.”

With the ongoing review of mental health services in the province by government, Crane said she believes now is the time to review all supports, treatment options offered within our mental health system, including post-partum depression.

Crane said she’s heard from mothers on P.E.I. who have suffered from the condition and have had difficulty accessing appropriate services.

“Island mothers and their families dealing with post-partum depression need timely access to quality programs and services available in our communities."

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

@JournalPMacLean

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