Postpartum Depression Resources For Moms Who Feel Alone

Postpartum depression can affect women in a variety of ways. But not all new mothers feel like they have a support system to reach out to, to help them with their emotions. This is something that can be hard enough to do when there is a support system in place. As such, finding help may be more difficult for those who have nowhere to turn. More difficult, but not impossible. This is because there are postpartum depression resources for moms who feel like they have no one.

According to NPR, one in seven women is diagnosed with postpartum depression every year. These are the women that are diagnosed, however. Many never receive a proper diagnosis. And yet, even with that being said, it is the “number complication of childbirth,” per the publication. As such, there is a lot of mental suffering happening but not enough help dolled out freely. Which is why women need to know about the resources available to them to help them through their depression and come out the other side in one piece.


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Here are postpartum depression resources for moms who feel like they have no one.

Phone Lines

Phone lines are a great resource for women suffering from postpartum depression that do not know where to turn. They can either provide assistance over the phone for resources to reach out to, to seek support, or they may be able to provide counseling as well.

According to the March of DimesSome different phone lines that women suffering from postpartum depression can turn to include:

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Refers callers to treatment facilities and support groups in the community
  • Postpartum Support International: Callers leave a message and trained volunteers who are located worldwide will call back to listen and provide local resources
  • National Alliance on Mental Health: Callers simply call 988 if they are struggling with postpartum depression and will receive information and support about community resources available to them
  • National Institute of Mental Health: Women struggling with postpartum depression can call NIMH to receive support and resources for help available in their areas

Reaching out to these organizations is the first step for those who are suffering from postpartum depression to receive the help they need. Not only will they learn they are not alone but that there are more resources available to them than realized with which to begin their mental health treatment.

Online Forums

There are women suffering from postpartum depression all over the world. But they can easily be connected via the internet and online forums that are specific to the mental illness. As such, finding online forums to be able to speak with licensed professionals or even other mothers in the throes of postpartum depression can immensely help those who feel like they have no one when dealing with postpartum depression.

According to VeryWell Mind, some of the best online forums for women suffering from postpartum depression to access include:

  • 7 Cups: Includes therapy sessions and community forum support
  • Circles: Group therapy for those suffering from mental health issues
  • dr+ on demand: Provides licensed therapy with doctors being allowed to prescribe medications if necessary
  • Star Legacy Foundation: Group chats are open-ended, meaning that people can receive help for as long as they need it and return if more support is required
  • The Online PPD Support Group: Online forum with thousands of participants going through the same thing who offer advice to one another

Sometimes, peers and professionals can help women work their way through postpartum depression. This is done by mothers seeing they are not alone. That is something that, on its own, can begin the transition out of the darkness and into the light for those suffering from postpartum depression.

Community support groups are a wonderful way for mothers suffering from postpartum depression to find help locally. All it takes is to find the right support and a great deal of good can happen for those mentally struggling.

According to the Mayo Clinic the benefits of community support groups include:

  • Feeling less lonely
  • Not feeling judged
  • Feeling less isolated
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce depression
  • Ability to be open and honest about feelings
  • Motivation to follow treatment plans
  • Gaining a sense of control
  • Feelings of potential over mental health

By joining community groups, there is always the possibility that the group will not be a good fit. But new mothers should not give up. There is a group out there that will suit them perfectly and be able to help them through the postpartum depression they are experiencing.

Self-Help Books

When it comes to self-help books, there are two types. According to The Art of Manlinessthose types include Problem-focused and growth-oriented focused self-help books. Postpartum depression would fall under problem-focused self-help books.

Problem-focused self-help books have had studies conducted that show they are beneficial to helping those seeking help, heal, per the publication. Specifically, when it comes to depression, reading self-help books on the topic can be as effective as group sessionsaccording to The Art of Manliness.

To make these books successful, those reading them need to ensure they are up-to-date. But more importantly, those reading self-help books need to be motivated. And if those two components are in play, real help can be had battling postpartum depression.

Sometimes, new moms have no idea as to what it is that they are experiencing after giving birth that is making them feel like a different person than they were before and during pregnancy. As such, Simply using self-screening tools may help women start their journey toward mental health.

By taking online screening tests for postpartum depression, women can see if signs are pointing to the pregnancy complication. If it appears to be the case, then women can reach out to their doctors, community groups, or online resources to receive the help they need to be the healthy mothers they want to be.

Source: NPR, March of Dimes, VeryWell Mind, Mayo Clinic, The Art of Manliness

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