In Part 1 of this series, hosts Katherine Goldstein and Angela Garbes shared their own mental health challenges over the past year. They definitely aren’t the only ones who have struggled. In this episode we hear directly from some listeners, who’ve sent us voice memos, about how they are also not OK. We share some of the most pressing issues we are hearing about with Dr. Amber Thornton, a clinical psychologist and motherhood wellness consultant. We discuss moms’ needs coming last, challenges in accessing care, additional obstacles for women of color in getting mental health support, some of the realities around self medicating, and more.
If you are needing mental health support, please check out the following organizations:
Postpartum Support International Hotline: 1-800-944-4773 (1-Spanish, 2- English)
Motherhood Understood, which includes A Mother’s Manual for Postpartum Mental Health, a cheat sheet to medications, cheat sheet to partners, and other resources.
SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357). They also have a treatment locator.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
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