We feel it's important to also address Postpartum Depression during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. 1 in 7 of women will experience PPD and 1 in 5 of these women will have thoughts of harming themselves. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in postpartum women. What can you do to help? Educate yourself about PPD. Most women with PPD suffer in silence. Let's change this! We encourage you to read this article.
This is the real deal. These statistics are real and very scary. Many mom's suffer from this, and if you are a mom and are anything like me, (I too, even being a mental health professional) suffered in silence for way too long.
Lots of women feel overwhelmed, guilty and anxious during a time that we are told is supposed to be full of great joy. You may be wondering if other new moms feel this way, too, or if adjusting to the demands of a new baby really are more challenging for you.
First, take a deep breath, give yourself some credit for all you do, and recognize that you are not alone. Between 10 – 20% of women suffer from Perinatal Mood Disorders (or PPMDs), which can occur during pregnancy and postpartum. One in five mothers report experiencing some level of postpartum depression (PPD).
Having a baby – whether it’s your first or fourth – requires a significant amount of energy and is a major life transition. Although it may not feel like it, you are likely doing many more things right than wrong.
With that said, if you feel like you are, or are wondering if you are suffering with PPD/A, just know that you DO NOT need to suffer in silence any longer. There is help out there!
A great resource is Postpartum Progress. If you are wondering if you too may be struggling with postpartum depression and/or anxiety, I encourage you to read this article titled "The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (in Plain Mama English)." The author does a fantastic job of helping mom's understand in words that do make sense. You can also take a screening here that you can provide to your health care professional.
Just know, that if you are a struggling mom with postpartum suffering in silence, you ARE NOT ALONE and there is help out there! We also offer a FREE, that's right , FREE Postpartum Depression/Anxiety Support Group here. We also have qualified counselors and consultants here at the Center for Personal Wellness who have experience working with moms with PPD/A, and we can even offer online counseling for certain clients. Research suggests that internet-based treatment could have a positive effect on postnatal depression as a whole, providing new moms with support at times which are convenient to them and allowing them to complete a course of therapy.
Did you know that approximately 50% of employees say stress and personal issues are the most common reasons for work absence and that 49% of employees lose an hour of productivity or more each day (that’s right, each day!) due to stress? This impacts YOUR bottom line.
So what can YOU as the business owner or HR point of contact do to reduce this number? Here are just two, of many possibilities. Consider putting together a company picnic as a way to offer a token of appreciation for your employees. Many companies use the summer picnic as a way to say thank you to their employees who work hard throughout the year. Studies have shown that workers who feel appreciated typically feel motivated to work harder for an employer. So while hotdogs and a game of beanbags may not seem like much, it can create the opportunity to say thanks to your employees in a memorable way. Another option is to offer employee a stress management workshop. These can be offered on-site and even during lunch. The workplace can be a strong contributor to mental wellbeing, giving the opportunity to feel productive and achieve potential. Yet, it can also be a negative and stressful environment, which contributes to the rise of mental health problems and illnesses. These workshops can help you, your leaders and your team members promote mental well-being within your business. Stress management workshops assist your employees in being able to better manage stress with the goal that happier, less stressed employees come to work and are more productive.
Our Business Services offered through the Center for Personal Wellness, LLC may be able to help your business. We cater to small businesses and organizations to provide a tailored package of programs, services, and resources designed to benefit employers and employees, and positively impact your bottom line. Check us out here or call (877) 262-GROW.
BE AWARE OF THE WARNING SIGNS
Are you or someone you love at risk of suicide? Get the facts and take appropriate action.
Get help immediately should you witness, hear, or see anyone exhibiting any one or more of the following:
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WAYS TO BE HELPFUL TO SOMEONE WHO IS THREATENING SUICIDE
If this is an emergency...
Your life is extremely valuable, and people care about you. If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger of harming him or herself, please call 911 immediately. Stay on the phone with the operator and wait for help to arrive. Otherwise, if you have suicidal thoughts or feelings of complete hopelessness, please contact us or another mental health professional as soon as possible. You can also call the suicide hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE, 24 hours per day.