We Are Here If Women Need Support

What is occurring in Texas is an assault on Womens rights. It is an attempt at degrading a woman’s worth, dignity, and bodily autonomy. 

To those who uphold these events as victorious. What if I told you that your religious and personal views can live alongside the understanding that human rights are not to be robbed or revoked. What if I told you that you can be both personally opposed to a specific action while understanding that others have the right to choose for themselves? What if I told you, you can have your own moral compass and guidelines while honoring the fact your choices have no bearing on the rights of others. 

What if I told you that minds and hearts are not changed through judgment, coercion, abuse, manipulation, criminalization, shame, threats, and restricting options. 

What if I told you that minds are hearts are changed through compassionate understanding. And through viewing an individual through a lens that is wide in perspective rather than narrow in focus. 

A constrained choice, is not the same as a choice freely made. And when faced with the cruelty of a system that denies access to basic care, constrained choices will be made…and these choices will not save lives, they will cost lives. 

If you think this it is ok to hide behind your religious morality please check the savage nature of your beloved religion and ask yourself am I really being Christlike in my actions or am I being an enabler of violence and abuse. Vigilante “justice” has no place in a woman’s bodily autonomy.

A strong woman is only as strong as the sisters she uplifts along the way. Sisters, I am sorry, I am here for you. 

Losing Yourself To Postpartum Depression, And Finding Your Way Back Again

The only thing that matters is a healthy baby. Once you hold that baby, your world will feel complete. Motherhood is the most rewarding experience you will ever have. . . or so they say.


What new mothers are not told often enough is that the postpartum period of motherhood is HARD. Excruciating even. You may be in physical pain for sure, but the mental and emotional anguish that many new mothers go through is pure hell. What’s worse, is that many new mothers do not seek help out of fear of judgment. Many new mothers are not even able to articulate what they are feeling. And the availability of quality postpartum care for new mothers is severely lacking.

See Bloom WFLA Video interview with MMH Founder Jillian Amodio regarding Postpartum Depression.


The moment my child was born I sobbed. Then I froze. These were not tears of joy, these were tears of agony, for in that moment a terrible realization hit me. I would never be enough for this beautiful baby. I froze because I felt that every move I made was surely the wrong one. I didn’t realize it until years later, but those months I spent crying, hating myself, lost in a myriad of tangled emotions, and questioning every single move I made were all directly related to my experience with PPD. I experienced PPD with both of my children but it wasn’t until my second that I realized what was happening.


Having an adequate support system is essential to new moms. A baby isn’t the only life being brought into existence. The life of a mother has been born anew as well. And this life needs to be nurtured, loved, and cared for just as much as the life of the new baby.


If you or someone you know is struggling with PPD reach out to a friend, family member, mental health provider, or Postpartum Support International.

Mindful Movement and Meditation for Kids

It’s no secret that mindfulness and meditation can work wonders for soothing anxiety, regulating emotions, and connecting with oneself.

If you have youth in your life who could benefit from mindfulness and meditation, check out these great resources below.

Yogaventure: A guided yoga and mindfulness adventure in book form. Available on Amazon.

Yogaventure Video

Calming Yoga Video

Good Morning Yoga Video

Coping Techniques

My Journey With Post Partum Depression

I had the pleasure of speaking at Speak Your Truth last night raising awareness and ending the stigma of mental health. I shared my journey of Post Partum Depression and if you care to watch, you can see the video here. I say F*** and Sh** a few times soooo maybe not family-friendly (depending on the family lol) but anyway, it’s real, it’s raw, it’s funny, it’s sad, it’s honest. And if you or anyone you know is struggling please reach out! I am here! There were many amazing speakers, singers, poets, dancers, and artists showing their true authentic selves.

In Support of Mental Health Days

MMH supports a new Bill that would allow for excused mental health days for students. Watch this video where sponsoring delegate Washington speaks about the bill and founder of MMH Jillian Amodio supports it.

If you can spare a few moments of your time to support these efforts please send an email to members of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs committee letting them know you all support this bill! (HB0461)

Reaching out To Inspire Change

In an effort to truly build a society of loving acceptance, it is imperative that we are vocal about issues needing to be addressed, even if those issues do not specifically affect us. It is more important than ever to think abut the social injustices and social concerns that are occurring around us and do our part to speak up and spark thought, conversation, and hopefully change. Today I sent this letter to all of our Maryland elected officials (and a similar one to all of the Maryland school boards) Please consider thinking about an area you would like to see change in and reach out! If you need emails let me know, I keep a list.

State Elected Official Letter

Good afternoon,

I am writing to you today with a concern that I hope you will hold dear to your heart. I know that there are many issues that we as Marylanders face daily, especially during times of such struggle. I thank you for all of your continued efforts to serve our community members. 

Suicide is a major concern among our youth population and we need to ensure that citizens and officials are doing what we can to work together to prevent such tragedy. Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 48,000 people. According to the National Institute of Mental Health suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals ages 10-34. 

According to the CDC “A study of youth in grades 7-12 found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth were more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers. Some risk factors are linked to being gay or bisexual in a hostile environment and the effects that this has on mental health.” 

I have spoken at length on the risk of suicide as a whole and today I would like to break that risk down further to express the need for prevention and intervention specifically for the LGBTQ community. Those identifying as LGBTQ often face increased instances of discrimination, stigma, and feelings of shame or confusion that can lead to a decline in mental health and an increase in mental health issues including depression and suicidal ideations. Due to things like stigma and a lack of understanding or openness surrounding discussions about gender and sexuality, it can be difficult for LGBTQ persons to seek adequate guidance, support, or assistance for mental health struggles. This may include fear of discrimination, lack of access to LGBTQ informed providers, or lack of access to quality and affordable care. 

Recent statistics show that 4.2% of Adult Marylanders are LGBTQ. 5% of the Maryland workforce identifies as LGBTQ, and 20%of the Maryland LGBTQ population are raising children. 

Youth identifying as transgender are four times as likely to experience depression than their heterosexual peers. Stigma and discrimination of members of the LGBTQ youth community cause them to be more at risk of facing struggles with their mental health. Twenty eight percent of LGBTQ youth report feeling depressed in comparison to twelve percent of non-LGBTQ youth. LGBTQ youth are two times as likely to have suicidal ideations and four times more likely to make a suicide attempt compared to heterosexual peers. LGBTQ youth who are rejected by their families are 8.4 times as likely to attempt suicide as those who do not experience rejection.

According to the Trevor Project 48% of LGBTQ youth reported engaging in self-harm in the past twelve months, including over 60% of transgender and nonbinary youth. 46% of LGBTQ youth report they wanted psychological or emotional counseling from a mental health professional but were unable to receive it in the past 12 months. 29% of LGBTQ youth have experienced homelessness, been kicked out, or run away. 61% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being prevented or discouraged from using a bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. 86% of LGBTQ youth said that recent politics have negatively impacted their well-being

In an effort to cultivate a safe, inclusive, and accepting environment for LGBTQ Marylanders, and be an example for how others should follow suit, I implore you to keep LGBTQ rights and equality at the forefront of your minds and continue to seek ways of building bridges of connection and communication to lessen the painful ramifications of mental health concerns and suicide on our communities. 

I encourage you to continue to push for things like access to quality and affordable health care that includes being seen in a timely manner, and treated with dignity and respect regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. I implore you to seek ways to cultivate safe and accepting school and work environments, as well as inclusive legislation, ensuring the rights of all individuals are protected and taken into account. I also encourage greater discussions about proper pronoun use in schools, legislation, work environments, and medical practices. I push for ensuring that there are safe spaces and safe people for LGBTQ community members to seek guidance, help, and support from. Please do not be silent about your support of the LGBTQ community. Please use your voice and your positions to advocate for the continued health and wellness of all our residents. 

Suicide (especially among the LGBTQ community) needs to become a social problem and not just a mental health issue. To make it a social problem we must be vocal in our concerns and our support. Those in marginalized subsets of our community may feel like they have no one on their side who understands them. They often begin to wonder, do I matter? Is there a place for me? Does anyone really care? It is our duty as a society of fellow human beings to reach out to those who may not fit the norm and help them to realize that they have every right to exist and to thrive as anyone else. By advocating for social change, allies and members of this community can come together to fight for systemic changes and a societal shift in perspective. We can collectively say I see you. I value you. I will fight alongside you for the treatment you deserve. A society is only as strong as our weakest members, and it is our weakest members and those who live in silence who deserve to have light shed on the struggles they are facing and the changes that need to occur. 

Many thanks, 

Jillian Amodio

School Board Letter

Good afternoon,

I am writing to you today with a concern that I hope you will hold dear to your heart. As individuals in positions of influence for our schools I know you want what is best for all of our children. I know that there are many issues Maryland families face daily, especially during times of such struggle. I thank you for all of your continued efforts to serve our children and their families. 

Suicide is a major concern among our youth population and we need to ensure that citizens and officials are doing what we can to work together to prevent such tragedy. Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 48,000 people. According to the National Institute of Mental Health suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals ages 10-34. 

According to the CDC “A study of youth in grades 7-12 found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth were more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers. Some risk factors are linked to being gay or bisexual in a hostile environment and the effects that this has on mental health.” 

Those identifying as LGBTQ often face increased instances of discrimination, stigma, and feelings of shame or confusion that can lead to a decline in mental health and an increase in mental health issues including depression and suicidal ideations. Due to things like stigma and a lack of understanding or openness surrounding discussions about gender and sexuality, it can be difficult for LGBTQ persons to seek adequate guidance, support, or assistance for mental health struggles. This may include fear of discrimination, lack of access to LGBTQ informed providers, or lack of access to quality and affordable care. 

Youth identifying as transgender are four times as likely to experience depression than their heterosexual peers. Stigma and discrimination of members of the LGBTQ youth community cause them to be more at risk of facing struggles with their mental health. Twenty eight percent of LGBTQ youth report feeling depressed in comparison to twelve percent of non-LGBTQ youth. LGBTQ youth are two times as likely to have suicidal ideations and four times more likely to make a suicide attempt compared to heterosexual peers. LGBTQ youth who are rejected by their families are 8.4 times as likely to attempt suicide as those who do not experience rejection.

According to the Trevor Project 48% of LGBTQ youth reported engaging in self-harm in the past twelve months, including over 60% of transgender and nonbinary youth. 46% of LGBTQ youth report they wanted psychological or emotional counseling from a mental health professional but were unable to receive it in the past 12 months. 29% of LGBTQ youth have experienced homelessness, been kicked out, or run away. 61% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being prevented or discouraged from using a bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. 86% of LGBTQ youth said that recent politics have negatively impacted their well-being

In an effort to cultivate a safe, inclusive, and accepting environment for LGBTQ youth, and be an example for how others should follow suit, I implore you to keep LGBTQ rights and equality at the forefront of your minds when thinking about how our schools operate. I encourage you continue to seek ways of building bridges of connection and communication to lessen the painful ramifications of mental health concerns and suicide on our communities. 

I encourage you to find ways of educating staff members on the specifics of the LGBTQ community and the unique struggles they face. I implore you to seek ways to cultivate safe and accepting school environments including in the classroom, on the busses, and in extra curricular activities. I also encourage greater discussions about proper pronoun use in schools both among staff and students. I push for ensuring that there are safe spaces and safe people for LGBTQ youth to seek guidance, help, and support from and that it is made obvious who these safe people are. Please do not be silent about your support of the LGBTQ youth. Please use your voice and your positions to advocate for the continued health and wellness of all our students. 

Suicide (especially among the LGBTQ community) needs to become a social problem and not just a mental health issue. To make it a social problem we must be vocal in our concerns and our support. Those in marginalized subsets of our community may feel like they have no one on their side who understands them. They often begin to wonder, do I matter? Is there a place for me? Does anyone really care? It is our duty as a society of fellow human beings to reach out to those who may not fit the norm and help them to realize that they have every right to exist and to thrive as anyone else. By advocating for social change, allies and members of this community can come together to fight for systemic changes and a societal shift in perspective. We can collectively say I see you. I value you. I will fight alongside you for the treatment you deserve. A society is only as strong as our weakest members, and it is our weakest members and those who live in silence who deserve to have light shed on the struggles they are facing and the changes that need to occur. 

Many thanks, 

Jillian Amodio

AFSP Suicide Prevention: Walk and Drive Through Luminary

Thank you Kat Olbrich for a wonderful interview about tips for self care during COVID and info on the virtual walk and beautiful drive through luminary event for suicide prevention! I cannot wait to participate in the drive through, I am sure it is going to be beautiful! AFSP


If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

Finding Balance with E-Learning Dr. Kimberly Palmiotto, Educational Psychologist

Moms For Mental Health had a wonderful Q and A with Dr. Kimberley Palmiotto Educational Psychologist about finding balance with e-learning. We recorded the session for those who may be interested in hearing the discussion.

Here is the link to the article in Chesapeake Family Magazine mentioned in the video.

AACPL Helps Families Navigate Grief and Loss

Grief and loss are never easy to navigate. During COVID, many familes have the added struggle of not being able to say goodbye as they usually would. Anne Arundel County Public Library now offers a kit entitled Healing Library: Death of a Loved One. These kits come full of books, activities, and resources designed to help families navigate grief and loss together. Many of the items are intended to be kept by families to help encourage and uplift them during their journey through loss, grief, and healing.

To learn more about the healing library listen to AACPL staff member Laura Namovicz in the video below.

Or visit the healing library for downloadable resources here.

Maryland Senior Care With Lean On Dee Senior Advocates

Please take a moment to view or share our interview with Lean On Dee Senior Advocates. Co Owner Winsome Brown shares the many services she and her sister offer to help provide quality care and attention to the seniors we love. They offer more than senior care, they offer compassionate interaction that truly is an extension of family. Whether help is needed for doctors visits, home safety evaluations, dementia care, or assisted living placement, they are a wealth of loving knowledge. They encourage us all as a community to show love and compassion to our seniors through simple acts of listening. They view aging as a graceful process, and something to be respected.