It seems fitting that today, during Canadian Mental Health Week and May 4: World Maternal Mental Health Day I find myself curled up in bed, going on day 9 of depression and anxiety. At the beginning of the week our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a public statement encouraging Canadians to GET LOUD for Mental Health Week. This is my effort to GET LOUD!
I am one of the 20% of Canadians that have/will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime. I am one of the 450 million around the world that suffer in silence from an unseen, stigmatized mental illness.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. This morning, I was slapped with this absolutely shocking statistic:
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the first year postpartum.
According to Postpartum Progress, a US based non-profit, as many as 1 in 7 women experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. The one that we most commonly talk about is Postpartum Depression, but there are many others including Pregnancy Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum OCD, Postpartum Panic Disorder, Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, & Postpartum Psychosis.
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