Florida's Inaugural Perinatal Mental Health Conference:

The Intersection of Mental Health and Parenthood

May 5, 2016   Wyndham Garden, Gainesville, FL

Presented by the Alachua County Perinatal Mental Health Coalition

May 1-7, 2016 was proclaimed by the City of Gainesville and Alachua County to be recognized as Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Week!  May 5th was the very first conference in Florida solely focused on perinatal mental health. This conference is a product of the work and collaboration of the stakeholders of the Alachua County Perinatal Mental Health Coalition.  Attendees included a variety of professionals from across the state who interface with women, men and families from preconception to postpartum.  The purpose was to bring together an array of professionals and community members to improve knowledge regarding recognition, screening, treatment and communication within the perinatal period.

Conference activities included Gainesville's own expert, Dr. Kay Roussos-Ross of UF College of Medicine; Dr. Heather Flynn of FSU College of Medicine and presentation by Coalition Founder/Chair, Lauren DePaola, LCSW.  

Attendees also had the opportunity to experience the impactful film documentary, Dark Side of The Full Moon with panel Q&A afterwards.

It is the Coalitions' intent to produce an annual conference to shine light on perinatal mood disorders, maternal mental health and emerging considerations within this field.

Interested in partnering, sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2017 conference? Contact us HERE

IMG_1633 (1)

Commissioner Ken Cornell gives opening remarks and reads Alachua County Commission proclamation of the first week in May, 2016 as "Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Week"


Keynote speaker, Dr. Kay Roussos-Ross of UF/Shands

flynn pic

Keynote speaker Dr. Heather Flynn, FSU College of Medicine


Founder/Chair, Lauren W. DePaola, LCSW


Panelists: Dr. Elias Sarkis, Dr. San Chang, Erin Smith, ARNP/CNM


Panelists: Dr. Ashley Walsh, OBGYN; Jennifer Hentz-Moyer; Lauren DePaola, LCSW


Sponsor Alliance Pediatrics and Office Manager Carol


Sponsor North Florida Women's Physicians; Barbara Woodmansee, Clinical Director


Sponsor NAMI Gainesville


Sponsor Sarkis Family Psychiatry & Clinical Trials


Jennifer Hentz-Moyer, Author, "A Mother's Climb Out of Darkness"


Coalition member, James Andrisin


Sponsor Healthy Start


Dr. Elias Sarkis and Lauren DePaola, LCSW


Sarah Kotranza, Warrior Mom Ambassador and Jennifer Hentz-Moyer


Sponsor table for MIECHV


Dr. Kay Roussos-Ross, Lauren DePaola and Dr. Ashley Walsh


Sponsor Postpartum Wellness & Family Counseling


Terri Huss at sponsor table UF Health Psychiatry

Thank you to our sponsors:

Postpartum Wellness & Family Counseling                                                Alliance Pediatrics

North Florida Women's Physicians                                                             Healthy Start of North Central Florida

Sarkis Family Psychiatry & Clinical Trials                                                   UF Health Psychiatry

American College of Nurse Midwives                                                        Gainesville OBGYN

Maternal Infant &                                                                                        NAMI Gainesville

Early Childhood Home Visiting                                                                   The Behavioral Health Center- NFRMC