In many countries, as many as 1 in 5 new mothers experiences some type of postpartum depression or perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. These diagnoses frequently go unnoticed, untreated, and can result with tragic and long-term consequences to both mother and child. Raising awareness on maternal mental health, postpartum depression, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders draws attention to these concerns that mothers and families can experience, and assists people in finding paths to wellness.
No one is immune to postpartum depression or perinatal mood and anxiety disorder! Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop these symptoms any time during pregnancy, and through the first 12 months after childbirth. This is why it is important to let people know that mental health care is just as important as physical healthcare. When we encourage people to treat their whole health, we assist people in finding the necessary support and resources that can lead to enhanced resilience during difficult life circumstances. This in turn leads to people find ways that nurture children optimally.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression or perinatal mood and anxiety disorder speak up and seek help. You are not alone. Caring for a new baby is hard, and having postpartum depression or perinatal mood and anxiety disorder can make it even more difficult for a mother to care for herself and her child. Services are available through the ECECD’s Home Visiting and Families FIRST services and the New Mexico Department of Health.
There is no health without mental health, and there is a path to wellness. You are not alone. You can talk to professional counselors on the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you need someone to talk to, someone to listen, someone that makes you feel heard, call 1-855-662-7474.