After their own recoveries from perinatal mood disorders are complete, many women would like to start helping other women who are dealing with the same issues. There are several ways that you can help other mothers and their families.
Tell your story - Many women choose to publish their stories online in blogs, for example. If you would like PMDA to share your story, email email@example.com or message us on facebook. PMDA is also collecting stories, poetry, and other submissions for its anthology. As well, it is valuable to share what your have gone through with your friends and family - sometimes they are the hardest ones to talk to! You can also talk to your healthcare provider. About a year after my daughter was born, I wrote a polite but frank letter to my obstetrician to let her know that she had missed my diagnosis of PPD.
Write and speak out - There are so many ways that care for mother with mood disorders is lacking, and change starts with us. Resources and support groups are unavailable for women in many communities. The SOGC (Society of Obstetricians and Gyn aecologists of Canada) does not have a position statement or policy on perinatal depression or other mood disorders. You can write to the ministry of health, your MLA, and any other regulatory bodies or persons who can help make change happen. Let your voice be heard.
Volunteer with PMDA - There are many different ways to become involved with PMDA and support its mission. You can become a Chapter Advocate, join the Peer Support program, or assist with fundraising and awareness campaigns. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. PMDA also publishes a monthly newsletter with information about current campaigns and projects.
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