“Dark Side of the Full Moon” shines spotlight on maternal mental health

(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) As part of its mission to improve the lives of women and girls, local nonprofit Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches (JWF) will host a film screening of “Dark Side of the Full Moon” on Thursday, October 27. The documentary explores the unseen world of maternal mental health in the U.S. through the eyes of film makers Maureen Fura and Jennifer Silliman. Silliman, along with leadership from JWF and Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, will be on site to facilitate a discussion about what is being done to improve maternal mental health services in Palm Beach County. The reception includes wine and cheese and will run from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens.

“We are thrilled to bring a film screening of ‘Dark Side of the Full Moon’ to our local community,” said Tami Baldinger, CEO of Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches. “We know that raising awareness of issues affecting women has the potential to improve society as a whole.”

Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches is a nonprofit grant-making organization established to improve the lives of women and girls. Guided by Jewish values, JWF funds projects that have long-term effects for societal change on local, national and international levels by placing an unwavering focus on the root cause of issues. An inclusive organization, JWF welcomes members of all faiths and genders who believe that when women and girls are empowered, the entire community benefits. JWF lives its mission through community education events and creating opportunities to develop future leaders, such as the Young Leaders Society and “No Small Change” program for teens.

“Dark Side of the Full Moon” shines a necessary spotlight on the disconnect within the medical community to effectively screen, refer and treat the 1.3 million mothers affected annually by maternal mental health complications. Film producers Fura and Silliman give a face and voice to the countless women who have suffered in silence, including themselves. The film shows their life-changing journey, documenting their common story with women from around the country; Maureen looking to the past, asking why this happened; and Jennifer looking to the future, wanting to find a system that protects mothers from this happening again. The film highlights peer-to-peer support groups, relevant policy, research and treatment, and tells the story through interviews with survivors, family members, therapists, psychologists, doctors, scientists, nurses, midwives, researchers, lawyers and scholars.

“Earlier this year we funded the ‘Circle of Wellness Maternal Mental Health Program’ by Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies to greatly improve maternal mental health in our local community,” continued Baldinger. “We identified this unmet need for women and girls and are happy to support the project with a two-year, $20,000-per-year grant – the seed money Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies needed to implement this program in our community. The funding is being used to provide perinatal therapy training to medical and mental health providers so they can best identify and care for women with pregnancy-related mental health complications. One-in-seven women are vulnerable to these disorders, which are treatable if they are properly diagnosed. By addressing the problem at the root, we know we can make a greater and longer-lasting impact on our local community.”

Tickets to “Dark Side of the Full Moon” screening are $20 and include wine and cheese. For more information about JWF, or to RSVP, please visit www.jwfpalmbeach.org, or call 561-275-2200. Temple Judea is located at 4311 Hood Rd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.