By Latifah Hasan

On May 21 and September 24 last year, two very exciting events took place in the city of Boston that were designed to educate communities about the prevalence and effects of depression, and to empower women with practical steps to address it.

Girls Night Out: Mental Health Matters, Let’s Talk brought more than 200 women together to share their stories about coping with stresses like being single parents, managing finances, and juggling priorities. They also had an opportunity to celebrate their wellness during a relaxing and entertaining evening. There was food, pampering, exercise, and most importantly, a guided community conversation about maternal depression.

The event was the result of a partnership between the Boston Public Health Commission, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), and the Better Living with Liz Walker Campaign.

Watch the video to learn more about these events!

Along with the development of the LAUNCH and MYCHILD programs which promote the healthy development of young children’s social and emotional wellness, the Boston Public Health Commission and EOHHS are committed to creating opportunities for direct community engagement in confronting these problems.

Latifah Hasan is the director of Social Marketing and Cultural/Linguistic Competence for the Early Childhood Mental Health program.