A Mother’s Day Gift from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS): a Maternal Mental Health Hotline, a new, confidential, toll-free hotline for expecting and new moms experiencing mental health challenges.
With an initial $3 million investment, the hotline launched on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022,The President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget would more than double this initial investment, allowing the HHS to expand the Maternal Mental Health Hotline’s expert staffing and build additional capacity.
“The Biden-Harris Administration has a bold vision for changing the way we address, treat and integrate mental health—both in and out of health care settings. This new Maternal Mental Health Hotline will not only advance our priorities of tackling the nation’s mental health crisis, but also support our efforts to ensure healthy pregnancies and support new parents.” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra
This announcement was made last week, during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week and Mental Health Awareness Month, and supports President Biden’s strategy to transform mental health services for all Americans.
The hotline is accessible by phone or text at 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) in English and Spanish. TTY Users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-943-5746.
Individuals who contact the hotline will be offered a range of support, including brief interventions from trained counselors who are culturally and trauma-informed, as well as referrals to both community-based and telehealth providers as needed. Callers will also receive evidence-based information and referrals to support groups and other community resources.
The Maternal Mental Health Hotline reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s comprehensive approach to improving maternal health and equity since the President and Vice President first took office. HHS is also funding seven states to support a Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression Program to expand women’s health care providers’ training in mental health and to provide them with teleconsultation access to mental health specialists to support their patients’ mental health needs.
Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD
HHS Launches New Maternal Mental Health Hotline (Department of Health and Human Services)