Jenny's Light Now Accepting Grant Proposals

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Organization To Fund Groups Addressing Postpartum Depression

Jenny’s Light, a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of perinatal mood disorders, is accepting proposals for its Fall 2010 grant initiative. The organization will award up to a total of $20,000 to eligible groups that are helping to increase awareness of perinatal mood disorders, such as postpartum depression (PPD).

Various projects will be funded and should be designed to improve knowledge and identification of PPD symptoms, provide supportive resources, improve provider ability to recognize and treat PPD, or lessen the stigma often associated with perinatal mood disorders.

Founded in 2007, Jenny's Light’s mission is to improve and save lives by raising awareness of all perinatal mood disorders through its national grant program and a wide array of other activities, including a kids’ triathlon series. In just the past two years, the organization has raised and distributed more than $60,000 in grants for postpartum education programs around the United States.

“We’ve had such a great response to our grant program and we are very proud of the support we’ve been able to provide groups for their PPD outreach efforts,” said Randy Gibbs, executive director of Jenny’s Light. “We want to continue to reach and make a positive impact on as many women, families and health care professionals around the country as possible.”

Applications for the Fall 2010 Jenny’s Light Grant Program will be accepted through October 29, 2010. Grant applicants will be notified of their award status in January 2011.

This past May, grants were distributed to organizations in Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia and California that supported a wide range of PPD awareness and education efforts, including volunteer and parent group development, special awareness events, educational materials for military families and maternal health care providers, and education for nursing and other healthcare students.

For complete details on group eligibility and the online grant application, visit http://www.jennyslight.org/grants/2010.

For more information on Jenny’s Light, its grant program and upcoming events, visit http://www.jennyslight.org or join the Jenny’s Light community on Facebook.

About Jenny’s Light
Based in Minneapolis, Jenny's Light is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving and saving lives by raising awareness of perinatal mood disorders, especially postpartum depression. On December 19, 2007, Jennifer and her baby Graham Gibbs Bankston tragically passed away. Jenny suffered silently with postpartum depression but her symptoms could have been detected and treated. Jenny's Light was founded by the Gibbs family to be a source of information, hope and inspiration for other women who may be suffering from PPD and their families.

Disclaimer: Jenny's Light is not a health care provider. The content of this release and the Jenny's Light website serve to provide peer-to-peer support. The information included is for educational and advocacy purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or psychological condition. Please consult your health care provider for individual advice regarding your own situation.

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