Reaching out for help when faced with Postpartum Depression can be one of the most difficult things to do. We urge mothers and families to do so. And while many are faced with fear when doing so, countless take our advice and reach out for the help they deserve. Over the past couple of days, Jessica Porten’s experience when reaching out for support with her Postpartum Depression has gone viral. She did her part. She did everything right. She asked for help. Unfortunately, she was received with an awful experience instead. Her story is heartbreaking.
This post is to highlight Jessica’s story and continue the much-needed dialogue about Postpartum Mental Health Conditions and also to speak to the fear that surfaces when hearing a story like Jessica’s. Thanks to Jessica, and her perseverance to be seen, heard and helped, we are talking more about the number one complication of childbirth. We are breaking the silence and moving towards improved care. I urge those suffering with a postpartum mental health concern, not to allow the fear that surfaces from a story like Jessica’s to silence you. You deserve to be seen, to be heard and to obtain the support that you need.
This post is also to emphasize the tremendous amount of work that continues to be done by clinicians, survivors, advocates and organizations to facilitate that mothers and families receive the support they deserve when faced with a postpartum mental health condition. The improvements are being done and many are geared up to continue advocating.
I’ve attached this link to 2020 Mom, a CA based national non-profit with a mission in closing gaps in maternal mental health care, in order to provide an avenue that features the developments that are being done. The article also contains Jessica’s original FB post.
If you, or someone you know, is bothered by postpartum mental health concerns, speak up. You deserve the support. I personally welcome all contact and will do my part to support you (reach me here). Postpartum Support International, another organization focused on increasing awareness on the topic, can also be reached for support and provides: