Flora's Walk fundraiser calls for perinatal mental health strategy

Posted: May 01, 2022

Postpartum doula Jennifer Hanslip has been working and volunteering in the field of perinatal mental health for the past six years. She is one of the organizers of a Winnipeg walkathon that's raising money and awareness for the cause. (Submitted/Kashton Photography)

Mental illness among new and expectant mothers has worsened during the pandemic, and a first-of-its kind national fundraiser aims to stop the stigma and offer more support.

The national walkathon is scheduled this week in memory of a Toronto mother who died by suicide earlier this year after dealing with undiagnosed, and rare, postpartum psychosis. It's been named Flora's Walk for 44-year-old single mother Flora Babakhani, who took her own life two months after giving birth to her daughter following years of fertility treatments.

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