Women need to know they don't need to suffer in silence.
Postpartum depression affects more than 1 in every 10 women, according to the NHS, and in rarer cases postnatal disorders can develop into symptoms of post-traumatic stress and psychosis.
Though mental health advocates have made significant strides in recent years, significant prejudice and misunderstanding still surround maternal mental health, especially for those who experience debilitating symptoms.
In a recent Twitter campaign for Maternal Mental Health Week, many moms and those who love them banded together to post “shoutie selfies” to break the silence surrounding maternal mental health.
This is @adia_health 's #ShoutieSelfie for #maternal#mentalhealth. 1 in 3 mums suffer. Most in silence. Please support this #hiddenhalf by reposting with your selfie, tagging 5 friends & @MummyLinksApppic.twitter.com/UGI4aNm1zZ— Meet Parla (@MeetParla) April 30, 2018
Join us in supporting @MummyLinksApp#ShoutieSelfie campaign to raise awareness of #PND this maternal mental health week. Take a selfie of you shouting and tag 5 friends to spread the word!— NCT (@NCTcharity) April 30, 2018
Together, we can get the #HiddenHalf out of hiding #maternalmhmatterspic.twitter.com/fGCg1LPlTP
#ShoutieSelfie for Maternal Mental Health Week @MummyLinksApp don’t suffer in silence about about it. Come and join us and some fab mums this week to talk the realities of motherhood pic.twitter.com/2hRfXGRkXD— Catford Babies (@catfordbabies) April 30, 2018
During Maternal Mental Health Week and all year, help spread compassion and understanding by reading up on postnatal conditions so that no mother will have to suffer alone.