As a new parent, it takes courage and honesty to confront the stigma around postpartum depression and anxiety. Photos posted online put intense pressure on parents to display only their most perfect moments. This mom wanted to show the other side of her experience and, in doing so, opened up discussion around the all-too-common experience of postpartum mental health challenges.
“The truth is, both of these pictures represent my life depending on the day,” she writes. “I would only ever comfortably share one of these realities though and that’s the problem. The only thing more exhausting than having these conditions is pretending daily that I don’t.”
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.