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Mom's Pillow promotes mental health for women

Hannah Hanford

Village News Intern

Mental health advocate Erin Kameiko held a mothers support meeting in Fallbrook March 16. Kameiko is a resident of Carlsbad with a background of experience in mental health as well as nonprofit consulting. In addition to this, she has a masters degree in marital and family therapy. She came up with the concept of her nonprofit, “Mom’s Pillow,” in 2022.

With Kameiko having an interest in how everyone has a story to tell, it led her on a journey not only as a mom but as a mentor to guide other moms.

“I have always been curious about people’s stories. I think there’s something to learn from everyone, no matter where they come from. It’s our humanity, our vulnerabilities and our struggles that connect us and remind us we’re never alone. I think that’s an awesome thing to be exposed to in a career!” Kameiko said.

With her own experience of being a mom and her background experience, she created a space for moms to build a connection with other moms through meetings of “Mom’s Pillow.”

Kameiko came up with the name “Moms Pillow” because of a certain exercise she did herself. She said, “The name itself is inspired by an exercise I would use often late at night in the middle of the night when I felt overwhelmed. I would go and I would scream into a pillow to release anxiety, frustration. You know things like that it was a healthy way for me to do it…”

To promote her meetings locally, Kameiko relies on partnerships with media companies and influencers in San Diego County whose platforms align with her mission.

She’s not active on social media as she believes that social media doesn’t align with their mission which is about having that face to face connection.

To continue having these connections, “Mom’s Pillow” relies on donations to continue their mission. The nonprofit accepts donations no matter how small from the community that go into “The Pillow Fund.”

Individuals can donate to “The Pillow Fund” by visiting http://www.momspillow.org.

 

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