May is the Month for Moms and Mental Health

Just a quickie post from me today, as it’s been a while since my last post and we’re already 4…um, now 5 days into May.  Not to mention the fact that it’s already midnight and I am, needless to say, quite pooped.

It’s May.  May is many things to many people.  First of all, it’s when spring weather finally arrives.  It’s the month when my 2nd favorite flower, the lilac, blooms in full glory.  Hurray!  🙂  My favorite flower is the hydrangea…gotta wait a couple more months for those to appear.  Here’s a picture of some lovely lilacs taken at the NJ State Botanical Garden (aka Skylands) this past Sunday.

It’s also Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, National Teen Self-Esteem Month, and Mental Health Month.  Bet you didn’t know any of that, now, did you?  And I bet you didn’t know that on April 22, 2010, the State of California passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 105 (ACR 105), a resolution that designates May as Perinatal Depression Awareness Month.

Let’s not forget that this Sunday is Mother’s Day.  Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress will be hosting her 2nd annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health.  I had the honor of participating in last year’s rally.  Each hour on the hour, Katherine will post a letter written by a mommy blogger or author to new moms out there.  So, get ready to read a lot of great stuff, as all these wonderful ladies will share their insight on motherhood and/or perinatal mental health.  What a great way to observe Mother’s Day and spread awareness of perinatal mood disorders, eh?!

Mother’s Day is NOT just a Hallmark occasion.  All moms deserve a break that day.   So, if one of your friends, neighbors or colleagues is a new mom, reach out to her.  Give her a call and ask her how she is doing and offer her some help.  Bring her family dinner.  Offer to babysit while she goes out to get her hair done and/or manicure and/or pedicure.   Provide her some company (if in fact she’d like that).

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3 thoughts on “May is the Month for Moms and Mental Health

    • Hi Kimmy,
      Thank you for visiting my blog and for the Happy Mother’s Day wishes! Wishing you a nice one too, if you are a mom!
      – Ivy
      p.s. – May is many a reason to celebrate….what other events are you referring to?

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