Take Action to Support Women with Maternal Depression

I thought this was relevant to the parents who read this blog.

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From: B’nai Jeshurun <bj>

Subject: Take Action to Support Women with Maternal Depression

Date: June 11, 2014 at 7:25:24 PM EDT

To: valeriegerstein

June 11, 2014 | 13 Sivan 5774
Dear BJ Community,

Your help is needed to pass the Maternal Depression Bill in New York State. This critical bill will help mothers who suffer from maternal depression get the help they need for themselves, their babies and their families. This issue is close to the hearts of many in our community as a beloved member, Cindy Wachenheim, tragically died last year as a result of this illness. Your action in support of this bill could help many women and their families.

The bill was passed by the Assembly and Senate last year but was not signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Changes were made to address the issues that were stumbling blocks. Now, the bill must come to a vote in the NY State Senate in the next two weeks before the legislature adjourns.

Please make phone calls to two key Senators to ask for a vote on the bill. And spread the word!

Advocacy Needed! Please make calls.

Call Senator Dean Skelos, Majority Coalition Leader, (518) 455-3171

Call Senator Tom Libous, Deputy Majority Coalition Leader, (518) 455-2677

What can I say when I call?

Message: Hello, my name is __________ and I’m calling to ask Senator Skelos/Libous to allow a vote on the Maternal Depression Bill (S7234-A). This critical bill will help mothers who suffer from maternal depression get the help they need for themselves, and their babies and families. Please tell the Senator to allow a vote on this important bill. Thank you.

Background: This bill would amend the public health law and the insurance law, in order to promote the provision of maternal depression education, implement guidelines that promote screening for depression, and encourage referrals for treatment.


Thank you for taking action!

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Kol Jeshurun
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Channa Camins, Director of Social Action/Social Justice

Larissa Wohl, Social Action Coordinator

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About valeriegerstein

A former online media professional, I am home, on the Upper West Side, with my 2 gorgeous girls, Mia and Liza and their wonderful Daddy, Mark.
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