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County turns attention to maternal mental health, teen pregnancy

On Tuesday, the month of May was designated as an awareness month for not one, but two matters: maternal mental health and teenage pregnancy prevention.

Both issues have raised concern among Lake County caregivers, enough to gain endorsement from the Lake County Board of Supervisors.

Maternal mental disorders affect up to one in five new or expected mothers in California alone, according to a 2017 report from the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care. These disorders include anxiety, postpartum psychosis, and depression — the most common.

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