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One of the biggest failures in our society is the ability to discuss mental health. The subject of mental health is often only looked at when there is death or celebrities facing issues.
I have struggled with anxiety, depression and postpartum depression off and on for many years and it has been a goal and passion of mine to spread awareness on these topics.
She’s A Wreck’s goal is to provide women and all moms a space to feel comfortable to share their stories openly and to feel like they are being empowered in their process. This page serves as a resource guide for you to find tips, books, phone numbers, and people to help you at whatever stage or journey you are in.
- No One Cares About Crazy People
- This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression
- The Fourth Trimester
- Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died
- Words From A Wanderer
- The Mindful Way Through Depression
- The Brave Art of Motherhood
- Pshcy Central – An online site for resources related to mental health disorders and diseases
- Pregged – For pregnancy and beyond that is uncensored and can help moms through PPD
- Drug Rehab – If you have a substance abuse issue this is a great place to find resources
- Drug Rehab/ Co-Occurring Disorders – A person with a co-occurring disorder has been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder and another mental health disorder.
- PsychologyToday – Find a professional to speak with and resources online for support
Support Resources & Groups
National Suicide Prevention Hotline – We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. (1800)273-8255
Crisis Text Line – Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem-solving. TEXT 741741 FROM ANYWHERE IN THE USA TO TEXT WITH A TRAINED CRISS COUNSELOR.
I AM ALIVE – The focus is on suicide intervention, prevention, awareness, and education. They provide help and hope through online crisis chat, college campus, and high school events and other educational programs.
FRIENDS & FAMILY
Of course, our first steps in healing should be looking to our friends and family for support. If you are struggling with mental health issues and need someone to speak to your first stop should be the ones closest to you. Here’s how you can support your mom friends.
Postpartum doulas are trained professionals that are used to help you through those first days, weeks, months beyond pregnancy. Having a doula could really make up the difference in understanding the changes in your body and mood in these very early days. Find a doula in your area here.
Care.com is an online site that allows you to find babysitters in your area for that much-needed mom break!
Facebook is a great place to connect with other women who struggle with finding support. In this era of social media, you can find so many great people willing to help others out in their struggles. I recommend shopping around in groups and finding the ones where you feel it is a judgment-free zone and a safe space to vent, ask questions and seek support.
MEDICATION IS SOMETIMES NECESSARY
Medication is such a touchy subject in the community and isn’t talked about enough in our society. I have been on medication before and found it to be immensely helpful for me. Depression, Anxiety, Bipoloar Disorder, and all mental health issues are chemical imbalances in the brain that should not be taken lightly. If you feel like you are suffering please speak to your PCP or a mental health professional.
STOP THE GUILT
There is nothing to feel guilty about, whether you are suffering from PPD or have just become diagnosed with another mental health disorder/disease. There is nothing to feel guilty about if this is your new reality, I encourage you to speak with someone who can support you and a doctor before it gets out of hand.
Society will have us working through depression and slowly chipping away out ourselves in order to fit into the box of perfection. But perfection isn’t necessary and when you don’t take care of you it’ll be even hard to climb out of the rut. Please don’t guilt yourself or others into a place of feeling like you have any options because the options are there and no matter how hard it may be please find and get the support you need.
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION GUILT
We aren’t all happy and filled with sunshine when it’s time to bring home a new baby and that’s just the reality for some of us. It’s more than the baby blues for some women and guilt is naturally going to arise, read these moms stories for how they have chosen to overcome and seek help in their struggles.