One evening in August I finished dinner, found something to entertain my son for a while, and picked up the phone. I dialled in to the PPD SpeakEasy, not knowing who would be on the line but knowing it would be largely women I had never met and (mostly) never will. And it was one of the best, most loving, most supportive conversations I’ve had.
I’m sharing the rest of that experience (and this post) on PPD to Joy today. Please come and visit!
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 www.ppdtojoy.com. She is @yaelsaar on Twitter and you can also find her on Facebook.
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 visit Yael’s SpeakEasy page.