All mothers, fathers, and families deserve support during pregnancy and parenthood.
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PSI-GA is the Georgia 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 Georgia.
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If you, or a loved one, is suffering with perinatal mood disorders, you’ve come to the right place. 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 support group, we are here to help.
Other PSI Resources
We do not offer crisis management services. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. For additional safety information, call the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
2022 Black Maternal Mental Health Summit
A virtual summit to build community & support Black Mothers, parents, and caregivers and their mental health before and after childbirth.
Learn about empowering birth experiences, facing preconception stressors, and navigating the workplace in postpartum.
Want to make a difference?
Join us in our work to improve maternal mental health in Georgia! Make a tax-deductible donation today.
PSI-GA relies on members and contributions from the community to promote awareness, prevention, and treatment of maternal mental health issues related to childbearing in Georgia.
Your donations help to:
- Promote awareness of maternal mental health in GA
- Increase training and education of local professionals
- Provide direct support to local moms and families
You may also wish to join PSI for full membership benefits. Contact us if you have any questions about membership. All memberships are tax-deductible.
Advocacy in Georgia
We work collaboratively to advocate for key policy changes that advance perinatal mental health in Georgia. Please see our 2022 Legislative & Policy Agenda below. Want to get involved? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSI-GA also publishes a bi-weekly bulletin, the Georgia Maternal Mental Health Policy Report! The Report will provide updates about the legislative session, including policy and budget items that will impact maternal mental health in Georgia.
Sign up below to receive this update every other week during the legislative session!
Climb out of the Darkness
Thank you for helping us “Reach the Top” on our Climb Out of the Darkness!
8 Georgia Teams raised $21,000 for moms and parents in Georgia!
We could not have done any of this without support from our generous sponsors, Northside Hospital, Atrium Health Navicent, Rollins School of Public Health, Wellstar Hospital, CINC, Whole Foods, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, Christina Dozier Real Estate, and Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, and our dedicated supporters.
PEACE for Moms Program
PEACE for Moms is a psychiatric program providing consultation to prescribing clinicians in Georgia. It can save you, your staff, and your patient time by connecting your patient with mental health services. PEACE for Moms is free, removing the financial barrier many patients face when seeking mental health assistance. The program is staffed five days per week with physicians specifically trained in women’s mental healthcare who are current faculty members at the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Initiate consults by calling 470-977-3223 (470-97-PEACE) or registering on the website.
PSI-GA now offers Perinatal Mental Health trainings to providers who work with pregnant and postpartum women. Choose from 3 presentations:
- FREE one hour lunch n’ learn training on best practices for screening and referring your patients for perinatal mental health challenges.
- Two hour Perinatal Mental Health Signs & Symptoms Presentation ($375): covers how to recognize and identify signs and symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs)
Frontline Provider, Certificate & Webinar Trainings
If you are a therapist, OB/GYN, pediatrician, midwife, or other professional who works with pregnant women, new mothers, and their families, consider increasing your professional knowledge and awareness.
Help patients and families learn more about perinatal mental health. Use these handouts and posters in your facility. Click on each link to download and print. If you don’t have a color printer, these files can be used to order from your favorite printer. Or, you may order pre-printed copies of some of our materials for your organization, by requesting through our online request form. Orders are free, but optional donations are appreciated.
The mission of Postpartum Support International, Georgia Chapter (PSI-GA) is to promote awareness, prevention, and treatment of maternal mental health issues related to childbearing in Georgia.
On a local level, it is the vision of PSI-GA that every woman and family throughout the state will have access to information, social support, and informed professional care to deal with mental health issues related to childbearing.
PSI-GA is an all-volunteer organization and a State Chapter of Postpartum Support International, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Tax ID number of Postpartum Support International and PSI-GA is 77-0196208.
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Meet our Board of Directors
Shontel Cargill, MS, LMFT
- Mom of an Angel, Survivor, Advocate
- Perinatal Mental Health Professional Regional Clinic Director, Thriveworks
“I humbly serve on the PSI-GA Board of Directors because I have a lifelong commitment of being a catalyst for change in maternal mental health as a survivor, advocate, and perinatal mental health professional. After experiencing the loss of my daughter, I turned my pain into passion and purpose to help mothers and families who have experienced loss, PMADs, birth trauma, infertlity, and are impacted by maternal mortality in the state of Georgia.”
Paige L. Rohe, MPH
Vice President, Climb Out of the Darkness Co-Lead
- Mommy, Birth Safety Champion, Mover and Shaker
- Director of Communications, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
“After I had my daughter, I struggled with birth trauma based on our delivery experience, and Georgia PSI’s resources helped me to understand that I wasn’t alone, and that there were specialized resources to help me. I am very eager and grateful for the opportunity to give back to other mothers and birthing parents who need support, nurturing, and healing for their mental health after childbirth.”
Sara Hall, DSW, LCSW
Secretary, Fundraising Lead
- Advocate, Believer, Dreamer
- Senior Social Worker, Atlanta VA
“My reason for serving on the PSI-GA Board is to aid in providing resources, education, and support to moms and families who can benefit from such a wonderful organization. I am passionate about mental health issues and believe that PSI offers amazing help in the community.”
Shantrice Jones, MPH, CPH
Immediate Past President, DPH Liaison
- Public Health Professional, Researcher, Mom
- Project Manager of Community Engagement, Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance
“I am deeply honored to utilize my public health background and passion for helping families struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety. I am especially proud of our extensive work training and building the capacity of health care professionals to recognize the symptoms, screen, and diagnose so that families can get the help they need. The work we are doing through PSI-GA is literally changing lives — and it is extraordinary!”
Lakeita Arrington-Judkins, DSW
Grants and Foundation Supports Lead
- Wife, Mom, Researcher, Advocate
- Medical Social Worker and Community Based Therapist
“I am humbled to be a part of an organization that focuses on advocating and serving families in Georgia who are impacted by maternal mental health. I am passionate about helping mothers experiencing health care inequalities that ultimately impact their prenatal and postpartum care. I am excited about working alongside great leaders in this organization, striving to enhance and improve the well-being of families in Georgia.”
Stakeholder Communications Lead
- Mom, Wife, Survivor, Advocate, Educator, MPA student
- Educator, HCSS
“I am humbled and honored to serve on the PSI-GA board, helping to bring awareness, education, and support services for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to the childbearing women and families in the state of Georgia. Women and families need to know that they are not alone on their journey and that there is support and help available.”
Lawrence R. Burgess, MPH
Digital Communications Lead
- Public Health Professional, Researcher Advocate, Fitness enthusiast, and Poet
- Program Analyst for the Center of Disease Control and Prevention
“I am extremely thankful and excited to be a part of the PSI-GA Board of Directors because I’ll get to work with and learn from extraordinary people who share a common passion for service and wellness of our neighbors. Much of my success can be credited to the women who I encountered and currently have in my life. Serving on the PSI-GA Board of Directors will in some ways allow me to pay it forward. I aspire to use whatever privileges at my disposal as a cis-gendered male to help improve maternal physical and mental health issues related to childbearing, because this cause impacts us all.”
- Mother, Grandmother, Advocate, Chef and Inspiration
- Operations Manager, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
“I am honored to serve on the board of PSI-GA to work alongside such dynamic people. Mental health is stigmatized in the African American community and I have worked with my own family and the community at large in removing this stigma. PSI specifically is incredibly meaningful to me as I’ve used the organization as a resource for my family and as an organizational partner during my day job. I am forever grateful for the services and support PSI offers and honored to be a part of this much needed movement.”
Laytrina Clemons-Brown, MSN, RN
- Mom, Wife, Family Survivor of Losses, Advocate, Nurse
- Nurse Manager in Women’s Services
“It is humbling to be a part of a community of leaders that puts advocacy, for those who cannot always stand for themselves, first. To take care of others is integral to our survival as humans.”
Bridget Cross, LCSW, PMH-C
PSI State Coordinator Liaison
- Clinical Social Worker, Advocate, Mom
- Psychotherapist in private practice in Savannah, GA
“PSI has been a lifeline to me both personally and professionally since I became a mom. I became a maternal mental health clinician to offer that support outward in the Savannah community, where moms and families struggle profoundly. I’m so honored to join the PSI-GA board and to advocate for our coastal Georgia mamas and for improved maternal health across the state.”
Kris Favers, Ed.S
Community Outreach & Events Lead
- Community Advocate for Postpartum
- Marketing Coordinator for Amerigroup Community Care serving families who qualify for Medicaid in the State of Georgia, Member of Atlanta Healthy Start Consortium’s strategy team.
“My reason for serving on the board is to be a resource for moms with postpartum. I want to be able to collaborate with other agencies to bring a wealth of resources to moms and their families.”
Ashley S. Lingerfelt, MS, LPC, PMH-C
Mental Health Provider Liaison
- Mother, Clinician, Advocate
- Clinical Director, Playtime Therapy of Georgia, LLC
“Advocating for better care for birthing families is a necessity. By bringing awareness to the intersection of infant and perinatal mental health, we can change the futures of families within our state. I’m honored to be a part of an organization that puts families first from the very beginning.”
Jose Rodríguez, MD, MBA, FAAP
Provider & Hospital Liaison
- Wellstar Pediatrician/Asthma Champion
- Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at Medical College of Georgia, Adjunct at Morehouse School of Medicine
- Faculty Graduate Medical Education at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital
- Faculty American Academy of Pediatrics Substance Use ECHO Project
“All children need available parents in all sense of the word, especially the first 1000 days of life when children are most sensitive and parents are at most risk”
Liz Ruth, MPP
Advocacy & Government Relations Lead
- Mom, Advocate, Policy Wonk
- Director of Policy, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
“It is an honor to get to serve on the PSI-GA board and help the organization create a world where no one has to feel stigma about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I want all mothers and families to feel that they have the support that they need because no one should feel alone.”
Shlonda B Smith, MS, IBCLC
- Wife, Mom, Survivor, Advocate
- State Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Coordinator
“I am ecstatic about the opportunity to represent, serve, and advocate for the many families of Georgia impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders with PSI-GA. With our collective voices, expertise, and networks, I have high expectations that we can contribute to the improved well-being of Georgia’s families.”
Program Coordinator, PSI-Georgia
- Mom, Wife, Survivor, Writer, Advocate
- Birth Educator and Podcast Host, Finding your Village
“I am thankful and honored to have the opportunity to be of service to birthing people and their families in Georgia. As a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety, I know personally that the work that PSI GA does saves lives. I also acknowledge and lament that there is a large disparity in infant and maternal mortality rates and the rates of perinatal mood disorders affecting the BIPOC community, particularly in Georgia. I feel strongly about advocating for structural, institutional and personal changes to reduce those disparities and to save the lives of birthing people and children in our state.”
Kim Harris, MPH
- Public Health and Nonprofit Professional
- Former Certified Birth Doula
“It is an incredible honor to join in PSI-GA’s enduring commitment to Georgia’s childbearing families and to promote its capacities as Program Coordinator. Supporting perinatal mental health is essential to fostering individual, family, and community well-being, and every parent deserves to know that their experiences matter and that support and resources are within reach. PSI-GA stands for this, and I am proud to stand for it as well.”
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