Supporting Mothers of Color with Culturally Relevant Mental Health Services

This post was originally published by CLASP

By Isha Weerasinghe


My mother was diagnosed with a mental illness years after arriving in the United States from Sri Lanka. Some of the doctors she saw believe her illness began as postpartum (maternal) depression that was unrecognized and undiagnosed years earlier. Since her diagnosis 30 years ago, my father and I have asked many questions and shared frustrations about the U.S. medical system, wondering why she was not diagnosed and treated early.


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