BCWHF event raises funds for reproductive mental health research

Monday, Sep 21, 2020

As a pillar partner of the BC Women’s Health Foundation (BCWHF), we are excited to sponsor GLOW 2020, a virtual gala event on October 3, 2020, that aims to raise essential funds and spread awareness for reproductive mental health research at BC Women’s Hospital.

GLOW virtual broadcast experience

Due to COVID-19, the BCWHF’s GLOW event will be hosted as the organization’s first ever in-home interactive broadcast experience (in previous years it has been an in-person gala event). There are different types of tickets available at varying prices, some including in-home dining experience options. All tickets provide virtual access to the event.

There will also be an online fundraising auction open from September 23 – October 3, where people can bid on items such as an Elias Pettersson signed jersey, a two-night Vancouver Island vacation, and more – all in support of women’s health. Anyone can participate in the auction. Just go to the website, register, and start your bidding!

Our partnership with the BC Women’s Health Foundation

At Pacific Blue Cross, more than 70% of our staff are women. We provide health benefits to a third of the women in the province. We clearly have a role to play in improving women’s health outcomes. And, through our three-year partnership with the BCWHF, we’re able to learn more about and find new ways to address the unique health care needs of women.

In 2019, we were proud to support the BCWHF as they commissioned and launched the ground-breaking report, In Her Words: Women’s experience with the healthcare system in BC, which shed light on the invisible barriers faced by women of all ages and socio-economic conditions in our province, including reproductive mental health issues.

What is reproductive mental health?

A woman’s mental health can be directly influenced by hormonal changes associated with reproductive life stages from menstruation to pregnancy and pregnancy loss, and the postpartum period to perimenopause. These physical changes and the new social and emotional realities of motherhood can increase the risk for various mental health conditions. Without treatment, such conditions can have lasting impacts on women, their newborns and their entire families.

Funds raised by GLOW 2020 will help to improve the quality of reproductive mental health care for women and families in British Columbia, while establishing a nationally recognized hub for reproductive mental health research. Support for this project will equip women to navigate their mental health challenges, integrate research with clinical care, and set the stage for future research breakthroughs.

Learn more about the BC Women’s Health Foundation and GLOW 2020 at bcwomensfoundation.org.