Why dedicate an entire month to maternal mental health? Because of the mom who stays inside all day because she is afraid to put her baby in a car. Because of the mom who quickly wipes her tears and fakes a smile when her partner comes home but feels empty and alone inside. Because of the mom who feels that her mind is playing tricks on her but is afraid if she tells anyone her baby will be taken away. Because if we don’t help these moms it’s not just the moms that lose, it’s the babies that lose as well. Because if we don’t bind together as moms and truly live the “It takes a village to raise a child” attitude by telling each other it’s okay to break down, it’s okay to be unhappy, and it’s okay to ask for help then we don’t stand a chance to raise a compassionate generation to follow our own.
The reason we have campaigns like this is because of one powerful message that can change a person’s life: you are NOT alone. When you feel you are suffering in a way no one else has you can lose all hope. You may think, “how can I cope if no one else experiences this?” You compare and worry that something is wrong with you if you are the only one suffering. You think, “there must be something wrong with me.” When you realize you aren’t alone it’s like a weight has been lifted. You start to hope that if someone else has experienced it and survived, you will too. I hope my posts reach out to you moms out there that feel alone in your struggles and help you realize that so many other women out there share in your challenges. There is hope, there is healing, and there are people out there to help and support you.
As May is Maternal Mental Health Month I thought I would use this week’s post to give an introduction to what you can expect from Full Motherhood next month. In an effort to spread awareness and information, break down stigma, and remind mothers who are struggling that they are not alone I will be posting weekly educational posts, stories from real moms who have had maternal mental health concerns, and resources from various organizations that are providing education and services to mothers around the world.
My weekly posts will follow the following format:
Week 1: What are Maternal Mental Health Issues? How do I know if I have them?
Week 2: Getting Help and What to Expect from Treatment
Week 3: Building Social Support and Knowing You aren’t Alone
Week 4: Recovery and Resiliency
Each week will also have a second post that is the story of a real mom who volunteered to answer my questions about their own maternal mental health struggle.
If during this month of reading my materials and posts you have questions please contact me via my Facebook page here. I would also like to take this time to remind my readers that my blog is not meant as a substitute for mental health treatment and those that are currently experiencing mental health concerns should seek the treatment and advisement of their local doctor of mental health professional.
For the time being if you are looking to connect with other moms and gain support please visit one of the following organizations that provides online support. If you are having serious struggles please contact your doctor or insurance provider to obtain a referral for a mental health practitioner.
http://postpartum.net (Look under “Get Help”)
Let’s break the stigma. Let’s stand together. Let’s give all moms hope.