Jaime Charlebois is the Regional Perinatal Mood Disorder Coordinator throughout North Simcoe Muskoka, working out of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. She is also a Regional Volunteer Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Perinatal Nursing Certification from the Canadian Nurses Association. Jaime’s work experience includes 18 years of clinical nursing, 7 years of teaching and simulation, and 5 years in clinical leadership positions. She has collaborated at the local, provincial, and national level with multiple organizations and committees. Jaime suffered from untreated postpartum depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder 13 years ago. In her current position she uses her lived experience to advocate for equitable services and provides education/training to local health care and social service providers who support families suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Patricia Tomasi is a journalist and mom of two who decided to focus on perinatal mental health after suffering from prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder – twice. Patricia started the world’s first dedicated perinatal mental health news site at http://www.maternalmhmatters.com. She has written for HuffPost Canada as well as other publications about the state of perinatal mental health in Canada and around the world. Patricia is the face of the popular Maternal Mental Health Matters Facebook and Instagram online community. Be sure to join her private Facebook Postpartum Depression & Anxiety Support Group with thousands of women from around the world who support each other 24/7.