SUPPORT Study

Approximately 1 in 10 new mothers in Canada will experience postpartum depression, with many remaining untreated. The risk of developing this disorder increases significantly in underserved populations, with Indigenous and immigrant women having up to 5 times the rates when compared to the average Canadian woman.

In order to combat inequalities in access to health care, as well as to normalize the quality of care received across the province and to lower economic and time costs, more accessible treatment options and resources are necessary. The SUPPORT study seeks to develop a safe and effective web-based resource for postpartum depression (PPD) based on the needs, opinions, and experiences of people in British Columbia who have previously been diagnosed with this disorder.

As we are interested in determining the distinct needs of various populations, the SUPPORT study will engage three cohorts of participants for focus groups: Indigenous people, immigrants, and non-Indigenous Canadian people. An earlier phase of this study focused on the experiences of non-Indigenous Canadian women. In this phase, the study will focus on understanding the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous people and immigrants.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if:

  • You are a resident of BC
  • You are an Indigenous or immigrant person
  • You are able to read, write, and speak conversational English
  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You have experienced postpartum depression in the past 5 years, but are no longer experiencing symptoms
  • You have access to an internet connection and a web-camera enabled computer.

This page will be updated with information about new opportunities to participate in the study as they become available.

Contact the study coordinator:
SUPPORTstudy@cw.bc.ca

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