World Maternal Mental Health Day

Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day. It is a worldwide effort to raise awareness for maternal mental health issues so that more women will get treatment and fewer will suffer.

Why does maternal mental health deserve its own day and campaign? It's estimated that perinatal mood or anxiety disorders affect 15-20% of women during pregnancy or after the birth of their child. 

Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth.

Mental health is still a taboo subject. When we talk about our own experiences, and share our stories, we start to break down the barriers. Mental health should be a part of our general well-being. We should feel secure enough to visit a therapist for our mental health the same way we visit a dentist for our dental health. 

I want my kids to grow up knowing that asking for mental health support is a sign of strength. It's a difficult thing to admit you're struggling and need help. I want to do my part to remove the stigma attached to mental health issues so I'll continue to share my story, support campaigns like WMMHD, and provide help and direction to anyone in need of mental health resources. 

Today, on World Maternal Mental Health Day, will you commit to doing the same?