At a training event co-sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services for New Jersey healthcare providers earlier in the year, Randy Gibbs, founder and executive director of Jenny’s Light, spoke about his sister, Jenny Gibbs Bankston, who suffered from undiagnosed postpartum depression (PPD) and took her infant son’s life and then her own on December 19, 2007. Had Jenny’s PPD been detected and treated, both she and her son would be alive today. As the 3rd anniversary of this tragedy approaches in just a few days, I felt the need to share this important message.
Randy created this not-for-profit organization in his sister’s memory. The mission of Jenny’s Light is to try to help prevent such tragedies from happening to others by spreading awareness about, as well as providing resources and support to moms and their families who are suffering from, perinatal mood disorders.
Thank you, Randy, for sharing your family’s story with us. Hopefully, enough people will view this and other videos, read the blogs out there (see my PPD Blogroll), and go to trustworthy websites (see my PPD Websites) to become educated so that mothers and their loved ones will NOT be caught off-guard and suffer tragic consequences.