Speak Up When You're Down
Welcome ... Whether you are a new mother, or are looking for resources for a loved one, we are here to assist you. Postpartum depression and anxiety are common, affecting 1 in 7 mothers. If you are experiencing postpartum distress please know:
You are not alone.
You are not to blame.
With help, you will be well.
- Are you feeling sad or depressed?
- Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
- Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
- Do you feel anxious or panicky?
- Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
- Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can't get out of your mind?
- Do you feel as if you are "out of control" or "going crazy"?
- Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?
- Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?
Any of these symptoms, and many more, could indicate that you have a form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, such as postpartum depression. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15-20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Please know that with informed care, you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer.
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Postpartum Support International (PSI)
PSI runs this trusted warmline, offering support both in English and Spanish.
Mothers and family members have shared that they received understanding, compassion and skilled support from warmline volunteers as they navigate their way to wellness.
Warmline: (800) 944-4PPD (4773)
Chat with an Expert:
Free live weekly chats. For more information: https://www.postpartum.net/get-help/chat-with-an-expert/
*Individuals and organizations listed within this website are provided for informational purposes only. We hope that this website may help to decrease barriers for timely screening, treatment, and recovery. The Perinatal Mental Health Coalition of Santa Cruz County does not endorse or guarantee the quality of services or listed information of these individuals or organizations. Information is subject to change. Please call to confirm details.
In case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room. SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)