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Northern Ontario Postpartum Mood Disorder Strategy launch

On Friday March 27th, NISA was thrilled to participate in the launch of Phase Two of the Northern Ontario Postpartum Mood Disorders Strategy. We welcomed many new faces in support of this important launch.

Official Strategy Launch


NISA has been working over the past year with partners across the north to further support women and their families struggling with mood changes and postpartum mood disorders surrounding pregnancy and birth. We are proud to have our own program coordinator Kaarina Ranta working on this project to make sure there is support for mothers and families experiencing the effects of PPMD. Along with NISA, eight other northern communities hosted a launch event this past Friday (North Bay, Thunder Bay, Parry Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Timmins, New Liskeard and Muskoka).

The Postpartum Mood Disorder Project was created to raise educational awareness and practical supports around this important issue. It has been funded through grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the North East Local Health Integration Network. Postpartum mood disorders affect about one in five women, and about one in ten men.

“There’s lot of pressure put on women that they will just know what to do when they have their babies. Women [in the groups] are quite relieved to — I think, number one — be able to just  have a safe space to talk about really the realities of what’s going on”. – Kaarina Ranta

The project has drawn on the value of peer support groups, which provide a safe space for women to openly discuss what they are experiencing, and tools and strategies to cope and thrive moving forward. As a result of this strategy, Sudbury, Sault. Ste Marie and Parry Sound have already implemented peer support groups in their communities. Sudbury’s group, MOMS/Mothers Offering Mutual Support, is held every other Thursday evening at NISA. For more information or to register, please contact Kaarina at 702.222.6472 ext. 305, or


Click here to hear this weeks CBC Sudbury story featuring Kaarina Ranta, Program Coordinator, discussing the Northern Ontario Post-Partum Mood Disorder Strategy.

At the start of the new year, there was another CBC interview on the new MOMS group starting at NISA. Click here to listen to that interview now.