Our collective mental health seems to be on everyone’s mind right now. With the news of Naomi Judd’s death, as well as the deaths by suicide of several Division 1 college athletes in the past few months, we are realizing our country is in crisis. And it’s not just athletes and celebrities who suffer from mental illness or mental health issues. The stresses of life make anyone and everyone susceptible to depression, anxiety, and other problems.
City Mom Collective recognizes the importance of talking about mental health, especially as it pertains to motherhood. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we are sharing a wealth of resources from our sister sites. We have content focusing on coping with mental illness, recognizing and treating postpartum depression, protecting our kids’ mental health, suicide prevention, finding help, and more.
Mental Health and Motherhood
Talking about mental health and motherhood should not carry a stigma. The more we talk about and normalize our struggles, the more we can offer each other support and get the help we need.
Mental Health and Children
There aren’t many parts of motherhood that are more difficult and heartbreaking than watching your child struggle with their mental health. It can feel so isolating. But if this is part of your journey, you are not alone, and there is help available.
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
Postpartum depression and anxiety are some of the most common struggles when it comes to mental health and motherhood. And yet, some new mothers feel a lot of shame around this. But again, we need to keep talking about it and providing resources to eliminate the stigma surrounding this issue.
Treating and Managing Mental Health Issues
Everyone knows about therapy and what an invaluable resource it is for moms struggling with mental health and motherhood. However, sometimes other treatments are needed and can provide amazing results.
The epidemic of suicide in our society is difficult to talk about, but so important. And when it comes to our kids, it’s vital that we talk to them about this issue as well as learn to recognize the warning signs that they may be suicidal.
Recognizing and admitting we need mental health help is many times a lot easier than finding the right provider. These resources from our sister sites provide valuable insight and tips for moms seeking a therapist or other mental health professionals.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
Psychology Today has detailed listings of therapists for those seeking mental health support Search by zip code, city, or provider name.
The National Suicide Prevention 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 in the United States.
Postpartum Support International (PSI) provides direct peer support to families, trains professionals, and provides a bridge to connect them.
Mental health and motherhood is a huge topic that encompasses so many different issues. We hope that this guide provides some resources as you navigate the best way to help yourself and your family.