“Dark Side of the Full Moon” Film Screening

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The Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition (TPDC) and the Southern Arizona Psychological Association (SAPA) will be co-hosting a screening of the acclaimed film “Dark Side of the Full Moon.”  The film screening will be followed by a one hour moderated panel discussion with community experts and a mom survivor. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition (TPDC).  No refunds will be offered.  It is not recommended that women currently experiencing perinatal anxiety or depression view this documentary.

Date:  Monday, December 7, 2015
Time:  6 – 9 p.m.
Location:  The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ
Cost:  $15 (available now online or at the door)
Trailer:  View the trailer for the documentary here

It is highly recommended that you purchase your tickets ahead of time using this link:


Program Description:

Maternal mental illness is a frequently overlooked area of women’s health.  One in seven women will experience a mood or anxiety disorder during pregnancy or the postpartum period. However, only a subset of these women are screened, referred, and treated.

The film “Dark Side of the Full Moon” highlights the challenges that perinatal women face when they find themselves experiencing symptoms.  Gaps in care and an absence of a coordinated and comprehensive protocol in healthcare systems can lead to devastating outcomes.  Many of these gaps can be ameliorated by healthcare professionals who provide women and families with information, recognize and screen for symptoms, provide appropriate referrals and/or treatment, follow up to ensure that treatment was provided, and advocate for improved practices in their community.

A psychologist who works in the perinatal mood and anxiety disorder community will provide a brief introduction to the film.  The film will be followed by a moderated panel discussion in which community professionals and a mom-survivor will answer questions about the film and the experience working with (or in the case of the mom-survivor, being part of) this population in Southern Arizona.

 Educational Objectives:

  1. Participants will describe the barriers to identifying mothers at risk for perinatal anxiety/depression.
  2. Participants will apply this information to improve ability to recognize symptoms and develop a treatment plan for mothers with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  3. Participants will use this information to advocate for awareness and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

One (1.0) hour of Continuing Education credit is available to psychologists who attend the entire program.  The Southern Arizona Psychological Association (SAPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SAPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity is also provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 1.2 Contact Hours.

Panelists Include:

Jennifer H. Breslin, PhD

Wen Cai, MD, PhD

Valerie Kading, MSN, NP

Senator Linda Lopez (retired)

Judith E. Riley, MD

Kathy W. Smith, MD

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