Trident Health Supports Grants for Women with Postpartum Mental Health Disorders

Trident Health has committed to supporting Charleston area mothers struggling with postpartum mental health issues, including postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD and more. Trident is helping fund treatment grants provided by local nonprofit Postpartum Support Charleston.

In 2015, Trident Health continued its support of Postpartum Support Charleston by sponsoring the annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day as well as supporting the grants Postpartum Support Charleston provides to women in need.

The Trident Health Grants are given to mothers in the Charleston area who need medical treatment and counseling for postpartum mental health disorders but may not have insurance or the financial means to afford treatment. Women can apply for a grant online at PPDSupport.org. They receive a $500 grant for treatment; a second grant may be awarded as needed. Postpartum Support Charleston pays health care providers directly on behalf of the grant recipient.

In 2015, Postpartum Support Charleston awarded $1,500 in grants.

“It’s important for mothers to understand postpartum depression, anxiety and other postpartum mental health disorders are treatable,” explained Elaine DeaKyne, Postpartum Support Charleston board president. “Our mission is to encourage women to get the necessary treatment so they can heal and care for their families. We never want a mother to forego treatment simply because she doesn’t have insurance or can’t afford counseling.”

More than 20 percent of new moms will experience a postpartum mood disorder in the first year after the birth of a baby. Symptoms include: feelings of anger or irritability; lack of interest in the baby; appetite and sleep disturbance; crying and sadness; feelings of guilt, shame or hopelessness; loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy; and possible thoughts of harming the baby or yourself.

Trident Health hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – deliver more babies than any other health system in the Lowcountry.

“We are not only committed to the families who choose Trident for their childbirth experience, but we are also honored to support them further through the work of Postpartum Support Charleston,” said Todd Gallati, CEO and president of Trident Health. “This organization, run largely by volunteers, is to be commended for their work with the local medical community to educate health care providers and new moms about postpartum mental health.”

Postpartum Support Charleston, run largely by volunteers, works with the local medical community to educate health care providers about postpartum mental health as well educating new moms, moms-to-be and their families about this issue. PSC also offers a number of peer-led support groups for moms who are struggling with postpartum mental health issues. For a list of support groups, visit PPDSupport.org.

About Postpartum Support Charleston Postpartum Support Charleston is dedicated to educating and supporting mothers and their families, the medical community and the general public about the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, available treatment options and community resources. We strive to increase awareness, inspire support and break the stigma of this widespread and often misunderstood illness both in our local community and across the country. For more information, visit www.PPDSupport.org.


Pictured, from left, are Pam Brock, Trident vice president of marketing; Elaine DeaKyne, Postpartum Support Charleston board president; Erin Herrmann, Postpartum Support Charleston board member; Dee Bien, Trident director of women’s and children’s services; and Todd Gallati, Trident CEO and president.

Postpartum Support Charleston Is Hiring

Our organization is growing and our goal is to grow our outreach in the local community. Right now the work done by Postpartum Support Charleston is all thanks to some amazing volunteers, but we could use some more help in our efforts. So, we are hiring!

Job Posting – Postpartum Support Charleston

Postpartum Support Charleston is seeking a part-time development coordinator to assist with medical outreach and relationship building, event planning, volunteer management and administrative duties. Qualified candidate will have excellent written and verbal skills. Will be responsible for cultivating relationships with key donors and members of the medical community. Will also be responsible for recruiting, scheduling and ensuring a positive experience for organization volunteers. This person will be responsible for helping to further the mission of the organization with the help and support of the board of directors.

Key event responsibilities

  • Organizing and managing annual 5K event and additional events as needed.
  • Develop analyze and work within budgets; maintain accurate accounting of events costs and income.
  • Manage vendor needs and requirements, to include insurance and permitting.
  • Develop timelines to meet special event objectives. Monitor to assure milestones are on track and reporting is on time. Recommend corrective actions.
  • Develop supplies checklist for each event, customizing checklist template based on individual event needs.
  • Determine volunteer needs for each event and provide a listing to committee leads.
  • Management of event logistics, including: the development of the site plan, oversight of setup/break-down materials, management of manpower needs, activities coordination, supply delivery, and other activities as needed.
  • Compile results from the event, perform preliminary evaluation of performance to goals, and provide results to board.
  • Help recruit members and attend all committee meetings.
  • Setup and management of race registrant system.
  • Assist with social media and marketing development.
  • Able to meet with vendors, deliver and pick up materials across the tri-county area.
  • Able to lift up to 40 pounds occasionally and based on event needs.
  • Scheduling will require occasional evening and weekend commitment.

Key organization responsibilities

  • Work with the board of directors to identify and cultivate relationships in the community, including but not limited to, professionals in the medical field.
  • Facilitate the development of relationships with the medical community through presentations, personal meetings, regular communications or arranging meetings with members of the board.
  • Research community events and coordinate participation as needed.
  • Assist with creation and distribution of support and marketing materials to be distributed to the medical community.
  • CRM constituent and donor management (experience with eTapestry a plus).
  • Help manage and develop constituent outreach to include e-newsletter, social media outlets and email communication.
  • Help facilitate and coordinate support group volunteer activities and assist with training needs.
  • Research local grants and assist with application process.
  • General administrative tasks.

This job can be done from any location and has flexible hours with an average of 15 hrs/week. Please send cover letter and resume to info@ppdsupport.org. Application deadline is December 9th.

Postpartum Support Charleston is dedicated to educating and supporting mothers and their families, the medical community and the general public about the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, available treatment options and community resources. We strive to increase awareness, inspire support and break the stigma of this widespread and often misunderstood illness both in our local community and across the country.


By: Graeme Seabrook.

As moms, one of the hardest things to do sometimes is to take care of ourselves.  It is the most important thing that we can do for ourselves and our families.  This is a marathon, not a sprint, and we have to be able to make it through years, decades of parenting!

After going through Postpartum Depression and Anxiety I have learned some things about myself. I am much more fragile and much more strong than I ever realized. The strength came through when I needed to keep going long past the point that my mind and body wanted to give up. The fragility comes from all of the places where I broke and have been mended, but not yet fully healed.

And so, to keep up the strength for the times I need it and to care for the parts of me that are still tender, I make each Saturday a #selfcaresaturday.  I decide ahead of time on a thing or things I will do for myself, just to make myself happy or to give myself something that was missing from my week. I also post about what I'm doing on Facebook and Twitter and on my personal blog so that I'm held accountable to actually DO it and not get distracted by life and all of its demands.

Last Saturday I decided that I didn't care what my house looked like, I was going to work on my quilting project. Once I spent a few hours catching up on all of the TGIT shows and eating ice cream. I've taken naps and colored in my coloring book and gone for walks and called a friend just to chat. Self care doesn't have to be expensive and it doesn't have to be time consuming. It can be whatever you like, whatever will make you smile and lighten your day.

If you haven't already committed to some type of weekly self care please think about adding it into your schedule. You'll be amazed at how even a few minutes a week to focus only on yourself can change things for you. You are important. You are the very first person you need to take care of.

What do you do for self care? What do you want to do? Are you ready to make a #selfcaresaturday commitment? Tell us in the comments!

Moms' Run Volunteer Opportunities

The Moms' Run would not be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers! We have many opportunities for you to get involved before and on race day. If you would like to support our event as a volunteer, please contact Elaine DeaKyne at momsrun@ppdsupport.org. Please include your name, email, contact number and your volunteer preference from the listing below.

Race Bag Assembly

Tuesday, May 6th @ 5pm FULFILLED

Packet Pickup

Friday, May 9th, 11am - 6pm Fleet Feet, 881 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC

2 hour shifts still available from 4pm - 6pm.

Race Day

Saturday, May 10th Blackbaud Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive

Registration Tent (6:30am - 8:30am) - FULFILLED

Packet Pickup (6:30am - 8:30am) - FULFILLED

Course Monitors (6:30am - 10am) - FULFILLED

Finish Line Water Station & Timing (8:30am - 10am) - FULFILLED

Silent Auction (8:30am - 11:30am)

Event Cleanup (Starts at 11:30am)