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SNOHOMISH COUNTY PERINATAL SUPPORT TASK FORCE
Snohomish County Perinatal Support Taskforce
The CityMatCH/NEAR Collaborative is a diverse, committed group working toward decreasing childhood adversity and promoting resilience in Snohomish County. We believe in making safe, stable, and nurturing environments a reality for ALL young children in Snohomish County through a united approach to care and support. There are many organizations working toward this vision in Snohomish County – we strive to reinforce that common agenda.
There are countless ways to impact the adversity seen in our communities but the CityMatCH/NEAR Collaborative has chosen to focus energy on ‘upstream’ action. One of the early childhood adversities identified in the 1998 Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente, was living in a household with someone struggling with mental illness. As many as 1 in 7 moms and 1 in 10 dads experience symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy or within the first year after the delivery of an infant. Depression and anxiety during a child’s formative years can have profound and lasting impacts on the bonding and attachment between children and their caregivers, potentially stemming into more severe problems for a child and their family later in life.
Knowledge, awareness, and adequate support can mitigate the isolation and fear that often accompany Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD). The CityMatCH/NEAR Collaborative was awarded a perinatal mental health community capacity building grant in December of 2018 to begin the task of strengthening our community response to PMAD. This was the origination point of the Snohomish County Perinatal Support Taskforce established in February of 2019. The CityMatCH/NEAR Collaborative currently supports and convenes the taskforce, guiding activity. The purpose of this taskforce is to: