Mum praised for sharing the realities of postpartum depression
"I could use some friends"
Opening up about your mental health struggles is never an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of time, strength and reassurance. It takes courage and a strong support network, but it is always worth it.
Sharing your fears, worries and struggles with your partner, nurse, GP, best friend or even a stranger on the Internet can alleviate some of the pain you're carrying around on a daily basis.
One mum shared a moving and heartbreaking video about postpartum depression on TikTok. In the video, the mum is cradling her baby and sobbing.
@ofakb__#depresion #postpartum #friends #fyp #reachout
The video sparked the most incredible response from mums all around the world. Over 50,000 comments have been left offering the mum support, a shoulder to lean on and others even offered to buy her a coffee.
Many encouraged the mum to visit her doctor for additional support. "You have me crying. I wish I could hug you momma! Know you're not alone and don't be scared to ask your doctor for help. You'll get through this!"
"Know that it does get better. The hundred days of darkness are no joke. Keep putting one foot in front of the other," another shared.
"Talk to your doctor about it ASAP. Don't hold this in," another encouraged.
"You are loved. You're not alone. Don't be afraid to take meds. Talk to your doctor and let's get you better," one shared.
The viral video has proved that although admitting you're not okay isn't easy, it is most definitely always worth it. Sharing our mental health struggles can be the most intimidating and raw thing, but it can also introduce us to a community of understanding and kind people who will encourage you to seek the help you need and will be there for you when it all feels a little too much.