Mental Health Lecture Slated for October 8

October 10, 2014

ALLIANCE – Jennifer Hentz Moyer, an author and advocate raising awareness for mental health around the nation, will speak at 6 p.m. on October 8 Tolerton and Hood Hall room 100 at the University of Mount Union. The talk is being presented by the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Moyer’s most recently released book, “A Mother’s Climb Out of Darkness: A Story About Overcoming Postpartum Psychosis,” will be the focal point of her lecture as she strives to increase awareness, education and support of mental health related to childbearing and mental health in general.

Postpartum Support International, a nonprofit organization founded in 1987, which campaigns to increase awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues regarding raising a child, hired Moyer to work as postpartum support, education consultant and volunteer coordinator. She now has more than 18 years of experience in the field of mental health, 15 years of professional marketing experience – specifically in the healthcare industry – and 14 years of experience as an advocate in the area of perinatal mental health.

While campaigning for childbearing mental health related issues, Moyer gives her message that there is help, there is hope and you are not alone.

Before publishing her most recent book, Moyer had her personal story published in the February 2002 issue of Glamour magazine, which led to an interview at CNN.

Through her lecture, Moyer speaks out about the facts of postpartum psychosis so that the public is more aware of this mental health issue. Less than 20% of women with postpartum psychosis actually consult their healthcare providers about their situation and any questions or concerns they may have. By advocating for this issue and raising awareness for support for these families, Moyer is also campaigning for people to fight back against a mental health issue that tragically has a 5 to 10% suicide rate.

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