Stress and Depression Training Toolkit

The Stress and Depression Toolkit modules are designed to enhance users’ knowledge of mental health surrounding pregnancy. There are links to internet resources throughout the Modules to help you learn the content. There are questions and scenarios in each Module which will help you use the information you are learning. At the end of each of the Modules, you will be able to quiz yourselves on what you have learned.

Module 1: Stress
Part 1 – What is Stress?
Part 2 – The Context of Stress: Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class (Income)
Part 3 – Stress and the Body

Module 2: Stress, Emotions, and Depression
Part 1 – Stress and Emotional Responses
Part 2 – Depression
Part 3 – Stress, Anxiety, and Depression During Pregnancy
Part 4 – Paternal Stress and Depression

Module 3: Intervention
Part 1 – Mental Health Care
Part 2 – Self Care
Part 3 – Social Support

Learning Objectives:

By the end of Module 1 (Part 1-3), you should be able to:

  1. Identify stress and the types of stress that people experience.
  2. Educate your clients on how stress negatively impacts physical and mental health outcomes leading to chronic illnesses and poor birth outcomes.
  3. Understand the contexts of stress as they inform the experiences that individuals identify as stressful and how they react to them.

By the end of Module 2 (Part 1-4), you should be able to:

  1. Understand how stress leads to emotional responses including anxiety.
  2. Recognize the different forms of depression.
  3. Understand how stress affects pregnancy and the postpartum period.
  4. Identify paternal stress and depression.

By the end of Module 3 (Parts 1-3), you will gain an understanding of:

  1. The importance of mental health care.
  2. The importance of self care: exercise, nutrition, meditation, and sleep for reducing stress.
  3. The role of social support.

Depression Father/Partner Involvement Mental Health

TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives

SAMHSA’s new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP), TIP 61, provides practical guidance on Native American history, historical trauma, and critical cultural perspectives for behavioral health work with American Indian and Alaska Native clients. It discusses the demographics, social challenges, and behavioral health concerns of Native Americans and highlights the importance of providers’ cultural awareness, cultural competence, and culture-specific knowledge. Specific topic areas include workforce development strategies, program and professional development considerations, and culturally responsive policies and procedures.

Alcohol/Drug Services Health Equity Mental Health

Mothers and Babies

Mothers and Babies (MB) is a program that promotes healthy mood management by teaching pregnant women and new moms how to effectively respond to stress in their lives through increasing the frequency of thoughts and behaviors that lead to positive mood states. Designed as a perinatal depression prevention, the Mothers and Babies targets three specific risk factors: limited social support, lack of pleasant activities, and harmful thought patterns. Mothers and Babies offers a “toolkit” of approaches for women to observe their mood, note factors affecting their mood, and make changes in their daily lives to impact these areas. Based on principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), attachment theory, and psychoeducation, the Mothers and Babies Course is designed to be delivered by clinic- or community-based providers from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, and can be delivered as a group intervention or as a one-on-one intervention in various settings where pregnant women access services (e.g. prenatal clinics, home visiting programs, WIC programs, County Health Departments, etc.).

Depression Home Visiting Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Mental Health Parenting Education Prenatal Care and Education


MotherWoman promotes the resilience and empowerment of mothers and their communities by building community capacity and advocating for just policies through evidence based research and grassroots organizing. MotherWoman hosts support groups for postpartum women (in MA, CA and NY), provides training for healthcare and social service providers, supports communities in creating coalitions to address the issue of perinatal emotional complications and perinatal mood disorders on the community level, and works to raise awareness about social and economic justice issues and promote policies that positively impact mothers, children and families on the regional and national levels. The MotherWoman Support Group Model is replicable and has been successful with a broad diversity of postpartum mothers in a wide variety of settings. MotherWoman’s commitment to diversity and inclusion allows for diverse mothers to find common ground, inspiration and community with each other.

Depression Health Equity Mental Health

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