Welcome. We’re so glad you are here.

PSI-AR is the Arkansas state chapter of Postpartum Support International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping those suffering from perinatal mood disorders, the most common complication of childbirth.

Our mission is to promote awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of perinatal mental health issues affecting mothers, their families, and support systems in all areas of Arkansas.

  • You are not alone

    All mothers, fathers, and families deserve support during pregnancy and parenthood.

  • You are not to blame

    This time is challenging.

  • You will be well

    Many types of support are available.

Get Help

If you, or a loved one, is suffering with perinatal mood disorders, you’ve come to the right place. Contact one of our local PSI Volunteers, who will help guide you through the process of finding a professional near you with expertise and experience in treating perinatal mood disorders. Whether you are searching for a therapist within your insurance network, a medication prescriber knowledgeable in prescribing during pregnancy and lactation, or looking for a local peer support group, we are here to help.

Find a local PSI Volunteer:

To connect with one of the Local PSI Volunteers near you, complete this form and they will reach out to you within 48 hours.

PSI is seeking Coordinators to help provide information, support and local resource referrals to those struggling in AR. If you are interested in this volunteer role, please reach out to Melissa Bentley at coordinators@postpartum.net.

We do not offer crisis management services. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. For additional safety information, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Did you know that perinatal mood disorders (PMDs) are the number one medical complication of childbirth? While often referred to as postpartum depression or even simply as postpartum, PMD can take many forms and can also occur during pregnancy. Perinatal mood disorders include depression, anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, and (much more rarely) psychosis.

Get the facts by visiting PSI’s website at www.postpartum.net

Get Involved

Want to make a difference? Become a member today.

  • Receive PSI-AR quarterly newsletter
  • Invitation to Members Only Events
  • Help us fulfill our mission and feel good for helping a great cause!

Memberships are tax-deductible donations.

Volunteer

PSI state chapters are made up of a variety of local stakeholders and further the mission of PSI on a grassroots level. Chapters work on a wide range of initiatives that they dictate for themselves because they know their states best! While some states may focus on passing legislation, others may create a robust network of peer support groups, or compile a state-wide list of perinatal mood disorder providers and resources.

All are welcome at PSI! Survivors, mental health professionals, doulas, clinicians etc. volunteer through the chapter in order to give back to their local communities. We work to reduce stigma, increase awareness, and provide connections to resources.

Climb Out Of The Darkness

Every year, PSI hosts Climb Out Of The Darkness, a movement that invites people from all over the world to host local walks and events to spread awareness of mental health challenges of new families. A Climb can be as simple as a play-date in a park, a hike, or a more elaborate event. The majority of Climbs are held in June, near the summer solstice in celebration of long sunny days and a family’s climb from anxiety and depression to recovery.

We gather as a community to walk and socialize. We meet fellow survivors, supporters & providers.

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Host a Climb

We are looking for Climb Leaders to host events in your state. Leaders will go through a quick training, and will have the support of other climb leaders, your state chapter and PSI staff.  Learn More.

For Professionals

PSI Provider Directory

Postpartum Support International offers an online directory of qualified perinatal mental health professionals. Join the registry and share your listing as a mental health provider, a healthcare provider, childbirth professional, or support group. As a specialized provider, you can tailor your directory listing to reach out to potential clients in your area. Keep your profile up-to-date with practice announcements, new programs and groups, and more!

Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line

The PSI Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line is a service provided for medical professionals who have questions about the mental health care related to pregnant and postpartum patients and pre-conception planning. It is staffed by reproductive psychiatrists who are members of PSI and specialists in the treatment of perinatal mental health disorders. The service is free and available by appointment. Call 1-877-499-4773 and we will match you with an appointment. We will respond to your request within one business day. This service is available for medical providers only.

Training Sessions

We provide top-notch education and training for professionals both in-person and online allowing you to serve your patients with confidence.

About Us

Our mission is to promote awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of perinatal mental health issues affecting mothers, their families, and support systems in all areas of Arkansas.

PSI-AR is State Chapter of Postpartum Support International, a 501(c)(3) organization.  The Tax ID number of Postpartum Support International and PSI-AR is 77-0196208.

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Chair

Elizabeth Bojie, CD/PCD(DONA), PMH-C

Elizabeth Bojie is the mother of 7 and has a passion for maternal mental health advocacy and awareness. After winning her own battle with PMADs, Elizabeth began to share her journey through essays and articles, finding purpose through helping others realize that they’re not alone.

Since 2009 Elizabeth has helped parents as they birthed and brought home a new baby. She is a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula, a certified perinatal mental health professional (PMH-C), and a mentor with PSI’s peer mentor program. Wanting to offer another level of service to her clients and to the overall perinatal community, she is currently earning a masters degree in counseling.

Understanding the fear of stigma and judgment, Elizabeth is working to build a community where those affected by PMADs can feel safe to share their struggles and begin their path to winning their own battles. She is honored to serve on the Board of PSI Arkansas and is inspired daily as she serves alongside an amazing group of like-minded individuals who have a genuine desire to bring hope.


PSI Chapter Liaison

Stephanie Sweat, LCSW, PMH-C

Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C). She graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Arkansas State University in 2016. She has worked in various settings throughout her career including community mental health, medical social work, and most currently, private practice. Clinical experience includes working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, mood instability, trauma, life transitions, and difficulty managing their work/life balance.

She enjoys working with individuals and families. Stephanie is excited about the opportunity to serve on the board of Postpartum Support International Arkansas Chapter. She looks forward to engaging with individuals and communities across the state to bring awareness and resources for those affected by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.


Secretary

Morganne Brown, LCSW, PMH-C (pronouns: she/her).

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C). Professional roles include community mental health, medical social work, and private practice. Clinical experience includes working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, mood instability, trauma, life transitions, and difficulty managing daily functioning and/or stressors.

Private practice work focuses on individuals affected by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. I enjoy helping and guiding individuals, couples, and families through a time full of adjustments and change associated with the perinatal period. Focus areas include mood disorders and anxiety related to or experienced by teen mothers, role changes, breastfeeding, losses, post-adoption depression, and balancing career and home changes.

I am excited about the opportunity to serve as Secretary on the Postpartum Support, International Arkansas Chapter Board. I look forward to engaging with communities across the state to bring awareness and resources for those affected by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.


Treasurer

Meg Sandlin, CD-L, PIC

Meg Sandlin is a Labor and Postpartum Doula serving Eastern Oklahoma and the Arkansas River Valley. The mother of 3 experienced a range of labor and postpartum trauma that resulted in undiagnosed depression and anxiety. Spending years silently suffering, she finally recognized the symptoms and had to reach out for help on her own. These experiences led her to birth work and she developed a passion for mental health.

After her grandfather committed suicide and various family members were admitted to inpatient facilities, she knew she needed to make mental health part of her career. Meg will be graduating from University of Arkansas – Fort Smith with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, with plans to eventually pursue a degree in Psychology.

Meg has a background as a Certified Yoga Instructor and has led several workshops on mental health and stress management. She wants others to know that what they are going through can be common, but not necessarily normal, and there are many ways professionals can help.

“No matter how deep and dark it may seem, it can get better and you are so worth the effort we go through to help you. You are not a burden. You are not alone. You deserve life. Just stay.”


Board Member At Large

Shona Ray-Griffith

Shona Ray-Griffith, M.D.

Dr. Ray-Griffith is an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  She is board-certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine with fellowship training in perinatal mental health. Dr. Ray serves as the outpatient director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at UAMS.  Her clinical expertise includes the management of mental illness, substance use disorders, and chronic pain throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period.


Board Member at Large

Kelsie Hammons, LCSW, PMH-C

Kelsie has been involved with PSI- Arkansas Chapter since March of 2021. She serves as a Board Member at Large. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C).  Kelsie currently works in private practice serving individuals in their reproductive and parenting journey at RiverStone Wellness Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Kelsie is a mother who has lived and professional experience in the realm of maternal mental health. She is passionate about and committed to supporting individuals and families directly as well as collaborating with community partners that expand resources for families across the state.


Board Member at Large

Melissa Ruiz Eudey, Doula, RYT

Melissa is a Certified Holistic Birth & Postpartum Doula and a Yoga instructor. Melissa is bilingual and serves English and Spanish-speaking families in Northwest Arkansas through doula work, childbirth and postpartum classes. She also provides experiences through Yoga. She currently serves mothers and families with Arkansas Family Doulas and the UAMS Healthy Start program. Her training includes emphasis on prenatal care, holistic birth, anatomy & physiology, conflict resolution, tending the postpartum mind and body, and breastfeeding.

She is passionate about her community and dedicated to improving maternal health care and outcomes by supporting, advocating, educating, and holding space for mothers and families. She is dedicated to empowering and elevating mothers and families in the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience that they want. She holds a Bachelor of Public Health from the University of Arkansas and lives in Bella Vista, AR with her husband, son, dog, cat, and a daughter due in late summer


Board Member at Large

Angel Mattes, Doula, LE, CPST

Angel is a postpartum doula and passionate advocate for women and their families. When her first baby was born in 2006, she experienced a traumatic birth and both postpartum depression and anxiety. She realized the wide gap between the support new parents need and what they’re given, and set forth to help other families avoid what she had gone through. She trained as a Labor Doula with DONA in 2012, and as a Lactation Educator with CAPPA in 2014. She later became certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician to help new and expectant parents keep their babies safe in the car and while traveling. She loves educating and encouraging new parents to learn about their babies, follow their instincts, and cultivate their confidence. She is an outspoken advocate for nursing mothers in the workplace, and helped establish the first lactation room for employees at William Rainey Harper College in Illinois, prior to the Affordable Care Act, which required employers to do so. She has been working toward a nursing degree, with the end goal to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife and lactation consultant. Although she has spent most of her life in the suburbs of Chicago, she now happily resides in Northwest Arkansas with her husband, three children, and two fat cats.

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