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:
Happy New Year!
I share with you a quote that I first came across a couple years back. Since then, I have read it and re-read it at the start of every year. Every year, as the year passes, it slowly becomes less and less prevalent on my mind and before I know it, the fearlessness of allowing myself to make mistakes dilutes. Nonetheless, I find it inspiring to revisit the quote each year and every year, the fearlessness of allowing myself to make mistakes sticks a bit more and more. Here’s to you and me allowing ourselves to make many glorious mistakes in 2018.
" I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever."
- Neil Gaiman