For emergencies please call:
911
National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
Treatment for perinatal mental illnesses

Each person's path to wellness and treatment plan will be unique to their needs.  For perinatal mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, etc.), successful treatment plans consider the following:

  • A medical examination (things like anemia and thyroid disorder can be contributing factors)

  • A psychiatric evaluation

  • Counseling with a trained and licensed mental health professional

  • Social and family support

  • Medications when needed/desired

  • Hospitalization if needed.

  • Attention to sleep patterns or disturbances

  • Elements of self-care

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Awareness

Amandla Shabaka-Haynes

Dr. Amandla Shabaka-Haynes, M.D. is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. She received her B.S. in Biology/Pre-medicine at Xavier University of Louisiana and completed her medical training at the Latin American School of Medicine. She currently serves as Program Manager for pediatric and perinatal behavioral health programs at the Florida State University College of Medicine Center for Behavioral Health Integration. Dr. Haynes has previously served as board member for Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition; Women's Health Liaison and Outreach Specialist at a local Federally Qualified Health Center. She is also a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist.

Dr. Haynes is an advocate for the BIPOC birth community, supporting efforts to improve birth outcomes and reduce health inequities. In her volunteer roles, she serves as chair of the Awareness Workgroup of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Advisor for the Sister Friends Tallahassee Birthing Project, and Women’s Health Educator for the Melanin Mothers Meet Postpartum Support Program. At her core, Dr. Haynes is a mother, mentor, an active local and international community member, a bilingual health educator, and a lover of food and culture.