Postpartum depression and other postpartum mood disorders are quite common, but there’s still a stigma around them. I shared my personal postpartum depression story recently. Writing it was therapeutic for me and I hope that my story helps other parents. We are not unique in our suffering from postpartum mood disorders. If sharing my experience has taught me anything, it’s that more of us need to hear these stories because many relate.
In this post, I’ll be sharing some helpful online resources for coping with postpartum mood disorders. Many parents don’t know where they can turn for help. First a foremost, I encourage you to talk to someone. Tell your partner and your medical care provider. If your care provider brushes it off, I encourage you to find another care provider who takes your concerns seriously. Be the “squeaky wheel”!
But first… if you need help RIGHT NOW, please see these resources:
NATIONAL CRISIS TEXT LINE: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Website: 1-800-273-8255
- www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Call for yourself or someone you care about; free and confidential; network of more than 140 crisis centers nationwide; available 24/7
Online Resources for Postpartum Depression & Other Mood Disorders
Postpartum Support International – PSI provides postpartum support for both birthing parents and partners. They have a national helpline dedicated to basic information, help, and resources for postpartum mood disorders. PSI can also help you find appropriate providers to help you along your journey.
PostpartumDepression.org is full of so many helpful articles, if you’re a reader. From a self assessment quiz to information for partners supporting their loved ones through postpartum mood disorders, there’s a lot of information here.
Smart Patients Postpartum Community is an online community for postpartum mood disorder support. Hear from others going through it and learn about the latest treatments.
Online Birth Trauma Resources
Many people struggle to come to terms with their birth experience. A traumatic birth can often put parents more at risk for postpartum mood disorders.
Birth Story Medicine was founded by Pam England (author of Birthing from Within, Ancient Map for Modern Birth, and founder of the Birthing From Within Organization). Birth Story Medicine’s trained Birth Story Listeners are available to help you process your birth story. Choose your Birth Story Listener here.
Solace For Mothers has a very helpful PDF to help you interview mental health professionals to work with you on issues regarding your birth trauma.
If you are struggling with postpartum depression or another mood disorder, you’re not alone. 1 in 7 parents will experience a mood disorder postpartum. While it can be difficult to know what you need and to reach out for help, please find someone safe with which to talk. Partners, if you suspect your loved one is suffering from a postpartum mood disorder, please support them on their journey and encourage them to seek professional help.