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January is postpartum depression awareness month

posted Jan 21, 2013, 12:36 PM by Melissa Baker   [ updated Jan 21, 2013, 12:36 PM by Tascheleia Marangoni ]
If you follow PPDA on Facebook or Twitter, then you're aware that January is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month. It is so important for us to raise awareness of postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders in general, because mood disorders are so widely misunderstood. How many of you were told that it was "all in your head?" How many of you were told that you were crazy, or that you just couldn't cope, or that you just weren't cut out for motherhood?

Many mothers are told those things, and more. But they're not true. Mood disorders are a real illness, and many mothers suffer from them. It is SO important for people to become educated about mood disorders so that we can lessen -- and hopefully eliminate -- these types of comments. We want to eliminate the misunderstandings. We want to lessen the stigma that surrounds postpartum mood disorders. And most of all, we want everyone to be able to reach out and get help.

That's why we do the awareness events.

For 2013, PPDA will be doing art auctions in three cities as part of our awareness month. Not only will the auctions raise awareness, they will also help fundraise for PPDA. Please join us in Edmonton, Calgary, and Kelowna on Saturday, January 26 and support our organization and a very important cause!

For more information or to RSVP to events, please email Dr. Jane Carr at, me (Charlotte Cowie) at, and Tascheleia Marangoni at

We hope to see you there!