Doing a little something different today for “I’m Not a Bad Mom Because…” Thursday.
Today I welcome Yael to the blog. She is a good friend who I met on Twitter in #PPDChat. She is also a suicide survivor, having lost her mother to PPD when she was 6 years old. Clearly suicide prevention is as important to her as it is to me. In fact, she is one of the many friends who have joined up for my Blue Crew! She’ll be getting a blue streak if and when I hit the fundraising goal of $1,500 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
We are SO CLOSE! As of right now (10:30am PST Thursday) we only have $15 to go to reach my goal of $1,500! How fantastic is that!?! I don’t know whether to be happy or seriously freaked out that on Friday–THIS FRIDAY–I will be getting BLUE hair! Yikes!
Please help me get there by donating directly to my AFSP Fundraising Page HERE. Or if its easier, send money via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll transfer it over to the fund. The Deadline is Friday, Sept 9 at 11am PST.
The Good Mom Anthem
Just because I feel like a bad mom
doesn’t mean I’m not a good mom.
Just because you feel like a bad mom
doesn’t mean you’re not a good mom.
Just because we feel like bad moms
doesn’t mean we aren’t good moms.
The fact that we feel like bad moms
is proof that we are good moms.
Otherwise we wouldn’t care.
Our burden is lighter when we share.
Talking about PPD is hard.
Especially if it’s your PPD.
And it saves lives.
This video was created to help start this conversation.
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Yael Saar lost her mother to postpartum depression when she was 6. Years later, when she had kids, Yael struggled with PPD and almost followed in her mother’s footsteps. She survived her suicide attempt and went on to become a silly-side-up mama on a mission: to disarm postpartum depression and anxiety by removing guilt and shame from parenting. Yael served as a national suicide prevention hotline volunteer before she started sharing her story (with coping skills on top) at PPD to Joy.
Yael hosts a monthly ppd support phone chat called the PPD SpeakEasy. It is free, confidential, and loving. This chat happens on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:30pm Eastern. In September, to celebrate her birthday, Yael will be holding 3 SpeakEasy chats. Mark your calendar: in addition to the usual 2nd Tuesday evening call (Sept.13 at 8:30 pm) extra chats will be held on Sunday September 18 at 2:00pm, and Tuesday September 27 at noon (all times are Eastern). The intention is to cater to the needs of mothers with varying lifestyles and time-zones.
For more info and sign up for the call click here: http://www.ppdtojoy.com/support/speakeasy-call/