Mental Health Moment: Postpartum Depression
For the mother of a newborn child, the first few months can be a time of mother-infant bonding, celebrations with family, decorating the new nursery, and enjoying the unexpected delights of motherhood. But for up to 20% of pregnant women and new mothers, it can be a time of fear, anxiety, depression, and confusion.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, postpartum depression is the most under-diagnosed complication of pregnancy and childbirth. Some type of maternal mental health disorder may affect as many as 20% of all child-bearing women. The problem of postpartum depression was most recently highlighted in the barrage of news stories about a pregnant mom who drove her minivan into the ocean in Florida, along with her three young children. According to individuals who knew her, the young woman had been talking about demons before the incident occurred. It is suspected she may have a rare type of postpartum psychosis.
Mentoring: Tech-Savvy Peer Makes Strides
We’ve recently talked about our increased efforts to build a strong mentoring component at Perry Wellness Center. Today we wanted to share more about the story of Kaylon Holt, and how mentoring has made a difference in his life and reached into the community.
A Fond Farewell to Winter Gardening
As our long, cold winter gives away to spring planting and the promise of a colorful and bountiful season, we must pay one last tribute to the joys of a winter garden.
Throughout the winter, our collards, turnips, onions, and other root vegetables and greens have been a staple for our customers at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. They have also helped feed peers and staff in the cafeteria each day and have provided work lessons for many of our peers, who have worked with us on planting, harvesting, and processing the cold-weather produce. (Anyone who has ever washed collard greens knows that processing includes LOTS of washing!) Hands-on instruction is provided in all elements of the process, and the results haven’t failed us yet.
Even as our last winter crops were planted in Hope Park, we were already planning additional garden space for the next round of vegetables. PWC Culinary Director Kelly Jansen is a big fan of the campus’ vegetable garden, regardless of the season: “The peers and I enjoy harvesting these healthy greens and other vegetables for our peer family. Garden to table harvesting is good!”
Last month we caught the above shot of harvesting in our expansive gardens by, standing, Irvin Cook and Tommy Green and, kneeling, Kelly Jansen and Brandon Thomas.
Artist Jeff Williams Promotes Creative Mentorship at PWC
Painter extraordinaire, landscape planner, building designer, graphic artist: one of the greatest resources on the Perry Wellness Center campus is Jeff Williams, a nationally renowned fine artist. Since returning to his hometown, Jeff has shared his talents with our peers and left his creative mark on the entire campus.
When you spot a brightly colored fountain, the design work on our newest greenhouse, or the attractive and whimsical signage at the market, you can bet that Jeff has been the creative force behind the work.
Pam Perry Involved in Leadership of WHAM Program
Even before the increased attention to total wellness at Perry Wellness Center, Pam Perry has been active in her weight loss, nutrition and her total wellness program. In the first weight loss challenge conducted in the fall of 2013, Pam won the challenge with the highest percentage of weight loss. Yet another weight loss competition is now underway, with over 20 peers and staff enrolled in the incentive. Chalk this up to the success of WHAM!
Perry Wellness Center had been informally practicing components of the WHAM (Whole Health Action Management) program for some time, but recently the program was accepted as an approved peer support activity by the state of Georgia. Now the wellness planning program is in full swing. WHAM is a peer-created program based on a curriculum developed by the national SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. WHAM is designed to promote whole health self-management and strengthen peers’ role in integrated healthcare delivery.
Stuart Perry, Perry Wellness Center founder, and his wife, Pam, are both actively involved in the new program. "Not only is our peer family becoming aware of healthier mental and physical activities, Stuart and I enjoy our personal involvement. We must lead and protect our own health from the advertising promotion of unhealthy and more fattening foods," said Pam Perry.
Here, in a classroom at Perry Wellness Center, Pam Perry increases her time goal on a treadmill machine.