We’ve all heard of post-partum depression and while I’ve never dealt with that, I have dealt with depression my whole life, and depression as a result of being a mommy. Before you twist my words, let me explain what I mean by that.
Being a mom is already a taxing, and thankless job. Yes, I’m saying it is a job because it is hard work! When I became a mother for the first time, I was not together, my anxiety was absolutely through the roof, and I felt completely unprepared. It didn’t help that I was the almost on my own raising him. Point being, it’s work!
Lately there’ve been a few celebrity suicides in the news, and I think it’s important to point that out regardless if they’re parents or not, because the root cause of it is depression. Post partum depression is not uncommon – and if you’re dealing with that, I urge you to try your hardest to reach out.
I made a friend in the past couple months who I’ve gotten close to, and she’s a mom as well. One of the main things we’ve been able to bond over is depression. When you’re a mom, there’s a lot of judgment – not just from other parents, but of complete strangers, exes, exes’ new beaus, etc. It feels like the list goes on. It doesn’t matter what we do, someone is going to think we’re doing it wrong and that can weigh heavily on a parent.
Additionally, when you’re a working parent, it’s hard to find time to be active, keep up with household chores or repairs, keep the kids happy, socialize with your own friends, etc. All of those things can play a role in depression.
I know there are those who think depression is all in your head (um, yeah, that’s why it’s called a mental disorder), but if you see a friend who seems off, please reach out. Depression makes it very difficult for those suffering to reach out, so it’s important for us to help our loved ones!
Here are some helpful phone numbers, I urge you to copy and paste them if you know of anyone in need of help!
|US Suicide Hotline||1-800-784-2433|
|NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group||800-826-3632|
|Suicide Prevention Services Crisis Hotline||800-784-2433|
|Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline||630-482-9696|
|Child Abuse Hotline – Support & Information||800-422-4453|
|Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis 800-233-4357|
|Domestic & Teen Dating Violence (English & Spanish)||800-992-2600|
|Parental Stress Hotline – Help for Parents||800-632-8188|
|Runaway Hotline (All Calls are Confidential)||800-231-6946|
|Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7, English & Spanish)||800-223-5001|
|Suicide & Depression Hotline – Covenant House||800-999-9999|
|National Child Abuse Hotline||800-422-4453|
|National Domestic Violence Hotline||800-799-SAFE|
|National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD)||800-787-3224|
|National Youth Crisis Hotline||800-448-4663|