Codey SOS - Post Partum Depression
My family was fortunate. My wife recognized what was happening and we were able to get the help she needed. Unfortunately, my family was more the exception than the rule. Too many mothers battle this disease alone; unsure of what is happening, and afraid to ask for help. We can't leave them alone. We need to increase awareness among women and medical providers so the symptoms can be quickly recognized. And we need to facilitate treatment so women can get the help they deserve.
Therefore, I have directed Commissioner Jacobs to organize an Education Campaign on postpartum depression. And I am asking the Legislature to work with me so we can make New Jersey the only state to offer free mental health screenings for uninsured new mothers. The care of individuals with mental illness is only one aspect of our health care system that can be improved in the year ahead.
Codey's entire State of the State address here.