Almost 9 percent of low-income mothers with young children experienced a major depressive episode in the past year. Even though depression is one of the most treatable mental illnesses, more than one-third of these women received no treatment.
Untreated parental depression poses risks for children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development. It also raises the likelihood of abuse and neglect. Linking mothers with effective treatment for depression has the potential to help parents and improve children’s lives.
An important obstacle to effective treatment for low-income mothers is lack of insurance. But starting in 2014, Medicaid will cover many more low-income adults, creating potential pathways to treatment.
Join our discussion about maternal depression as a public health issue, the problems in providing services to low-income women with depression, and emerging opportunities.
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