MMMI in the UN : Position papers

2017_06 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council : MMM Statement highlights impacts of Maternal Mental Health on Early ChildHood Development

MMM called on Governments to recognize and addres maternal mental health difficulties, and to invest in parenting support and early childhood education and care - so that every child develop to their full potential.

2017 06 HRC35 MMM Karen Oral Statement

Mental health difficulties, including depression and anxiety, affect 10 to 20% of mothers during pregnancy and the year after childbirth, impacting their ability to provide adequate care, especially nurturing and responsive care, during this critical period of development of their child.

Perinatal mental health problems therefore not only have an adverse impact on the mother, but they also compromise the healthy emotional, cognitive and even physical development of the child, with serious long-term negative consequences.

Every mother has the right to mental health - And every child has the right to develop to their full potential. It is the responsibility of government to adopt cross-sectorial policies that address maternal mental health issues and their impact on child development. 

Karen Thorsen, MMM Representative at the UN in Geneva, delivered the Statement during the Interactive Dialogue that followed the presentation to the HRC of the Annual Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health by enhancing capacity building in public health (Right to Health). 

ico pdf MMM Oral Statement

See also the web pages on the OHCHR website: 

 

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