SHARE YOUR #POSTPARTUMSTRONG PICTURE TODAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND TAG 7 PEOPLE TO HELP SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION!
1 in every 7 new mothers suffer from Postpartum Depression after childbirth. Despite these staggering numbers there is still a serious stigma surrounding this important public health issue. There is shame, fear and guilt, but there is little help. Join us as we break the silence in an effort to bring awareness and support to moms who are suffering.
Here are 4 ways to participate in our #PostpartumStrong Awareness Campaign
1. Take a picture like the ones in our PSA video and post on social media using #PostpartumStrong then challenge 7 people to do the same!
2. Share our #PostpartumStrong YouTube PSA video
4. Watch and/or share the trailer below for the recently released “When The Bough Breaks – A Documentary About Postpartum Depression”
5. Download a copy of the song “Beautiful Life” used in the video and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to PSI
When The Bough Breaks is a feature length documentary about postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis and is currently available for download on Itunes HERE. Or you can watch it on Netflix HERE. Narrated and Executive Produced by Brooke Shields, (who also suffered from PPD ) this shocking film sheds light on the serious, scary, and often misunderstood effects of PostPartum Depression. It follows Lindsay Gerszt, a mother who has been suffering from PPD for six years and give us an in depth look at her path to recovery. It takes a hard look at the stigma surrounding PPD, featuring stories from singer Carnie Wilson, actress Tanya Newbould, celebrity chef Aarti Sequeira and Peggy Tanous of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
However you choose to spread awareness be sure to tag us on social media:
First, and most important, we want you to know you are not alone. What you are experiencing is not your fault and you are not to blame. You have our support and the support of those around you. There is help.
If you are in a crisis please call your physician, their local emergency number or the National Suicide Prevention Emergency Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. They are free and confidential, available 24/7 and have a network of more than 140 crisis centers nationwide. It is very important that you reach out right now and find the support and information you need to be safe.
You can also reach out to:
Postpartum Support International (PSI) provides direct peer support to families, trains providers, and is a bridge to link them together. PSI has a toll free support line 800-944-4773, online support groups, chat with an expert forums for moms and for dads, and a dedicated network of local support volunteers and coordinators. PSI worldwide volunteers provide daily support to families at no charge every day. Call or write for support, training, local connection, or volunteer opportunities.
The Pump Station & Nurtury: If you live in the Los Angeles or surrounding areas The Pump Station & Nurtury offers a weekly support group every Friday morning – to learn more please contact Dinora at (310) 998-1981
These websites also offer important information on Mental Health and PPD
LA County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force , Postpartum Health Alliance, 2020 Mom, Jenny’s Light, The Postpartum Stress Center, Postpartum Education for Parents, Maternal Mental Health NOW, The Selini Institute, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Do you know of a Postpartum Support Group in your area? Let us know and we will add it to our Local Support Group page!
Do you have a Postpartum Depression story you would like to share? If so please feel free to do so in the comment section below?
When we started this journey and began reaching out to those in our community to participate, it became immediately clear why this, and why now? When we started asking women to take a #PostpartumStrong picture for our video, so many of them has this to say “Thank you for doing this, I believe I experienced this when I was pregnant, and I just never told anyone because I didn’t know what it was I was feeling.” Men said, “my wife went through this” Grandmother’s said “I went through this, but we just didn’t have a name for it back in my day.”
As crazy as it sounds the stigma this mental health disorder is STILL strong and needs to be lifted! Celebrities like Brooke Shields, Hayden Panettiere, Adele, Alanis Morrissette, Celine Dion, Courtney Cox, Amanda Peet, Gwenyth Paltrow, Kendra Wilkinson, Bryce Dallas Howard, Brittney Spears, Vanessa Lachey, Kristin Bell, Lisa Rinna, Amanda Peet, and most recently Chrissy Teigan have all opened up about their experiences with it, which has helped bring it into the mainstream. But there is more to be done to shed light on this very common problem, and every time someone shares their #PostpartumStrong picture or event their story, the more Moms suffering may realize there is there is hope and there is help, and they are not alone. Connection and community are so important on this journey into parenthood. When we use those connections for good, powerful things can happen. By creating an online community of individuals young and old, single and married, men and women, parents, soon to be parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, sons, and daughters, that share voice by posting their #PostpartumStrong pictures, we hope to show the world and especially those struggling with or those who have struggled with Postpartum Depression in the past, that together we are #PostpartumStrong. So please, join us! Maybe together we can help save a life.
Thank you to everyone who helped us make the video. We hope this campaign helps to spread awareness about PPD and let women around the world know they are not alone and together we are #PostpartumStrong
Please be sure and check back in with us, as we will be updating & adding your pictures to our #PostpartumStrong Community regularly.