October 10th, 2017 is World Mental Health Day
Here at Lil Helper, mental health is a subject we hold close to our hearts. A few of our team members have struggled with Postpartum Depression or Anxiety and we have had many conversations with customers (AKA Lil Helper family members) who struggle with their mental health.
The World Health Organisation estimates that “worldwide about 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily depression”. If you went to prenatal classes, are part of a Mom group, etc… Chances are that 1 in 10 of those Mothers experienced a postpartum mental disorder. To make matters worse, many mothers all over the world feel pressure to “get back to normal” while dealing with their mental disorders. Many struggle in silence.
Today, we ask that you simply check in. Check in with yourself, your friends and family, check in with any new parents you know and even parents of older children. A simple, “Hey, how are you?” might make the world of a difference to someone who is suffering.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, there is help!
Here are some free, online resources to get started on the path to stability:
Lifeline Crisis Chat: http://www.crisischat.org/
7Cups (Free & paid options for online therapy) http://www.7cups.com/
“Getting Over It” Subreddit (community support for mental disorders) https://www.reddit.com/r/getting_over_it/
Postpartum Depression Subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/postpartumdepression/
Befrienders Worldwide (Providing emotional support to prevent suicide worldwide) http://www.befrienders.org/
PPD Moms (PPD resources & facts) http://www.1800ppdmoms.org/
Postpartum Progress http://postpartumprogress.org/community/
The Life Line Canada: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/
Canadian Mental Health Association: https://cmha.ca/mental-health/finding-help/
Postpartum International Canadian Resources and Contacts: http://www.postpartum.net/get-help/locations/international/canada/
Pacific Postpartum Support Society: http://postpartum.org/
In the USA:
Postpartum International USA resources: http://www.postpartum.net/get-help/locations/united-states/
US Crisis/Mental Health hotlines: https://psychcentral.com/lib/telephone-hotlines-and-help-lines/
Anxiety and Depression Association of America: https://adaa.org/