Co-occurring mental illness and opioid misuse is a significant and rising public health issue for mothers in the US. In recent years, opioid misuse during pregnancy has increased a great deal.1 Only a small subset of mothers will seek and receive help for themselves and their children.2, 3 When it is sought, treatment is not necessarily targeted or tailored to meet the needs of mothers and families.1 We are bringing mothers and researchers together to promote a shared understanding of mothers’ experiences and needs, and to inform research that is relevant, meaningful and effective, with the goal of improving mental health/opioid misuse treatment and outcomes for mothers and children.
Mental health, mothers, peer support, social media, opioids
This project is funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award #8285-BU. The ideas presented are our own and do not necessarily reflect those of our funder.
Mazel S, Hennig S, Zisman Ilani Y, Nicholson J. Mothers, Mental Health and Opioids: Engaging with Researchers @research4moms.com. Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health 2019;4(1):1012. https://doi.org/10.7191/parentandfamily.1012. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/parentandfamily/vol4/iss1/1
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