TMC Behavioral Health to Host Special Screening of “Dark Side of the Full Moon”
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Truman Medical Center (TMC) Behavioral Health Perinatal Community Initiative will host a special screening of “Dark Side of the Full Moon” at AMC Independence Commons 20 on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 6:30PM. The screening will be followed by a group discussion lead by TMC social worker Jessica Agudelo, LSMW.
“One in seven women will experience a pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorder,” Agudelo said. “This is one of the most under-diagnosed conditions during and after pregnancy for women.”
Having a baby is supposed to be the happiest time of your life. But what if it’s not? Each year, 1.3 million women in the U. S. struggle to find support and treatment for postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. Two women, Jennifer Silliman and Maureen Fura, both with firsthand knowledge of this challenge, came together to give a face and a voice to the countless women who suffer in silence. With the help of Dr. Shoshana Bennett, Executive Producer, they produced a documentary film, uncovering disconnects within the medical community to effectively screen, refer, and treat these women.
“Nobody is asking any questions. Women are dying! Families are suffering! And there still isn’t a comprehensive policy to protect mothers,” says Fura, the film’s writer and director.
The film is being screened through Tugg.com, a platform that helps individuals and organizations to host screenings in their communities.
*Note* Jessica Agudelo, LSMW, is available to discuss the Perinatal Community Initiative, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and/or the special screening.