Post-Partum Depression, Anxiety, and Other Mental Health Issues

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Post-partum depression and anxiety are both perfectly normal things for new mothers to experience. Village of Moms is here to help you through your tough times. We know you got this! Take a look at the resources and links we have collected for your benefit.

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Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth. Mothers with postpartum depression experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves or for others.

Facts, Causes, and Symptoms

Postpartum vs Baby Blues
You’ve probably heard of the “baby blues.” That’s because it’s quite common for new mothers to feel a little sad, worried, or fatigued. As many as 80 percent of mothers have these feelings for a week or two following childbirth. It’s completely normal and usually fades in a few weeks.

Local Resources

  • Health Line
  • Reproductive Mental Health
  • BC Reproductive Mental Health Program. Visit www.bcmhas.ca (Programs & Services → Reproductive Mental Health) 
  • BC Partners for Mental Health & Addictions Information. Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca 
  • Your Local Crisis Line. These phone lines aren’t only for people in crisis. You can call for information on or if you just need someone to talk to. If you are in distress, call 310‐6789, 24 hours a day. Do not add 604, 778, or 250 before the number. 
  • 1‐800‐SUICIDE. If you're thinking about suicide, call 1‐800‐SUICIDE (1‐800‐784‐2433) to get help right away, any time of day or night. It’s a free call. 
  • HealthLink BC. Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca for free, non‐emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can speak with a nurse, a pharmacist or a dietitian.
  • Translation services are available in over 130 languages. For deaf & hearing‐impaired assistance (TTY), call 711.



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