Film and Discussion: Dark Side of the Full Moon Featured Event
Central Library, Dweck Center
With opening remarks by Dr. Jill Bowen, Senior Advisor for Mental Health Initiatives for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, this documentary delves into the unseen world of maternal mental health in the U.S. Through the stories of women who suffer from perinatal mood disorders, the film reveals disconnections within the medical community to effectively screen, refer, and treat the 1.3 million mothers affected each year. The film highlights peer-to-peer support groups, relevant policy, research, and treatment and tells the story through interviews with survivors, family members, therapists, psychologists, doctors, scientists, nurses, midwives, researchers, lawyers and scholars.
Following the screening, a panel moderated by Dr. Deborah Kaplan, Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, including New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Ranking Member of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee; Sonia Murdock, Executive Director of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York; and Alicia James, President and Founder of the PAM Project, will address the need for greater education, screening and treatment options for low-income and immigrant communities in the city.