May is a special month for postpartum mood disorder (PPMD) survivors. Why? Because it is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month…..and you can participate in the 2nd annual Postpartum Support International (PSI) blog hop! The topic of the blog hop is Perinatal Mood Disorders: What Helped Me Recover: Self, Family & Community Resources.
If you are a blogger who has experienced postpartum depression (PPD) or any other postpartum mood disorder (PMD), please consider joining the blog hop to help spread awareness! All you have to do is go to the two blog hop host blogs, Kathy Morelli’s Birthtouch and Dr. Christi Hibbert’s blog, and read the guidelines. There, you will see all the other blogs who are participating in this blog hop.
You have all month in which to join the blog hop. So, PPD survivor mamas, get your creative writing juices flowing! Let’s get the word out that moms need not feel alone and unaware of where/who to go to for help!
Let’s empower PPD mamas so they have the knowledge they need to understand that what they are going through is not their fault and they will be well again as long as they get the right help. As I mentioned in my book, in past post posts on this blog, my PSI blog hop post last year, and even on my Huffington Post piece titled “Hindsight is 20/20: Taking Personal PPD Experience and Helping Other Moms,” I was not aware of any online or group resources, I suffered–alone and frightened–without anyone to really talk to about what I was going through except for my husband.
Support can be in the form of practical (and perhaps even emotional support) from the mom’s significant other and other family members. Click here on the importance of and historical/cultural aspects of mothering the mother.
Community resources can be in the form of local organizations, like PPD support groups in a local hospital or like MotherWoman and others (too many to name, but I do list many under my Support Groups/Local Resources links on my blog). You can also find a number of excellent online PPD communities for support, like the closed Facebook group #PPDChat Support.