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Real Talk: Postpartum Depression – Resources & More

Real Talk: If you saw my post on Instagram today (you can check it out here) I opened up about a pretty serious topic, postpartum depression.

According to postpartumdepression.org, a recent study found that 1 in 7 women may experience PPD. ONE in 7, that means approximately 600,000 women, let that sink in.

I was one of those women. After my youngest son, I was diagnosed with PPD. I’ve never been shy about my struggles with anxiety, but that is something I’ve had for as long as I can remember and over time developed skills to cope with it, PPD, on the other hand, was a whole new experience for me and it was one of the scariest times of my life. My anxiety that I could usually keep under control was heightened, my moods were all over the place, I constantly found myself in the bathroom crying, or worst just sitting on my kitchen floor feeling numb contemplating self harm.  I remember feeling so alone and being so angry at myself for feeling sad when I had such beautiful, happy, and healthy children. These feelings often confused me and left me tossing and turning during the night. It took me a long time to reach out for help and that is why I’m writing this and starting #ThisIsTheFaceOfPPD. I never want another mom to be afraid to reach out like I was or think you are alone -you are not, especially during these times when we may not be seeing our friends or family face to face, I am here and I see you mama. 

Below is a list of local Long Island and National PPD Resources and a brief summary of some services they offer.

Long Island/NY Area:

National:

  • Postpartum Support International
    • Helpline with call & text options, online support meetings, help finding local resources, free live phone sessions, resources for dad, and more. CALL: 1-800-944-4773 TEXT for English: 503-894-9453 Spanish: 971-420-0294 https://www.postpartum.net/
  • Postpartum Progress
  • 2020 Mom

You can also search the hashtag #ThisIsTheFaceOfPPD on Instagram to read real stories from strong women all over or join in and share your own story. You’ve got this mama.

If you are in an immediate crisis please call 911 or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

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11 Comments

  1. Hi,
    Great information! This topic is so important to bring attention to. It breaks my heart when I hear woman that have suffered through it and felt like they couldn’t get support because they felt guilty for feeling this way. Thank you for sharing your story.
    Heather

  2. This is such important information. I feel that PPD is not talked about enough and many women don’t know who to contact so they go through this alone. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Great resources and information !!

  4. I love that there are so many resources out there for people with postpartum depression. It’s such a real and raw topic to open up about!

  5. You’re so amazing for putting this together. I’m so grateful our paths have crossed! You’re an amazing mama!!

  6. I’m 1 in 7 as well. It’s paralyzing and I hate to think how hard it would have been without support. It is wonderful that you not only shared your story but included contact information for valuable resources.

  7. Caitlyn says:

    Great Information and thanks for being there for mommas who need to talk. It always feels great to have someone in our corner.

  8. This is such a great list of resources for moms!

  9. Thanks for this useful resource list. Although I’m not based in your country, I know it will be useful for mothers who need this help!

  10. Oh my goodness, this post of perfect. What a great resource and experience. I am sorry you had to experience it

  11. Thank you so much for sharing such valuable information and specially for the national resources!!

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