Parent Mental Wellness

Formerly known as the Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health of Lancaster County, our Parent Mental Wellness program raises awareness of perinatal and postpartum depression/anxiety, connects patients to care, eliminates racial disparities in maternal mental healthcare, is inclusive of gender experiences and educates healthcare and mental healthcare providers.

NEW! Moment to Breathe, Parent Group

Coming soon, Fall of 2023! We are launching a group to support parents and caregivers in their mental wellness and mental health for their children and families.

Our staff and Board members, including a licensed psychologist, will facilitate the group. CAP Lancaster staff will provide childcare to the children of parents who attend the support group.

The group aims to equip parents with mental wellness strategies, peer connections, and help with accessing local resources. We plan for this to be a monthly group with room to increase to bi-monthly sessions.

In partnership with CAP

Our partnership with Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County seeks to bridge the gap between parents seeking resources and coordinating childcare to access resources.

Our goal at the Touchstone Foundation is to integrate the support group into the larger network of resources offered by both the Foundation and CAP.

Want to get involved?

Contact our programs manager, Shanece Bowman, to learn more about our programs.

Email her at or call 717-397-8722

History of Supporting Parents

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health of Lancaster County (PPMHLC) Fund was converted to our Maternal Mental Wellness Program! The fund was a grassroots effort by parents and mental health providers, including to help train medical providers to diagnose and refer patients with perinatal and postpartum depression/anxiety disorders.

In 2015, we began a postpartum mental health support group with Mental Health America of Lancaster County. The group supports new mothers/parents with peer connections and help accessing local resources. Our staff and Board members, including a licensed psychologist, facilitated the groups.

This fund was created in 2018 by the partnership of Touchstone Foundation, Keystone State Doula Services (KSDS), and Move Forward Counseling. More recently, we have partnered with Patients R Waiting, to support the Diversifying Doulas program. 

The COVID-19 pandemic paused our in-person meetings and groups continued to meet online and via social media. We attempted to restart the group in Spring 2022 but soon recognized a limiting factor in participation was the lack of childcare and a meal for parents/caregivers.