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Steps to Get Help 2017-04-26T23:54:41+00:00

Jenny's Light | Tell Us Your StorySteps to take if you have symptoms of depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy

  You are not alone. You are not to blame, and with help you and your baby will be well.

If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, it is very important to get support immediately
Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 
Though it can be scary to ask for help, they can help keep you and your baby safe and help you take the first steps towards getting better.

Tell someone you trust how you are feeling
It is important that you feel safe with the person and that they support you in a non-judgmental way. Ask them to help you find support. Show them our website if you can. Examples of someone you can tell:

  • Your partner
  • A family member
  • A friend
  • A healthcare professional
  • A religious leader

Call your doctor

  • Insist that they see you and help you find support.
  • Consider bringing a supportive person with you.
  • Remember, your symptoms are 100% treatable

Phone Numbers To Call For Help
PPD Moms Hotline
1-800-773-6667 

  • Someone will answer no matter what time you call.
  • Tell them how you are feeling.
  • Ask them to help you find a psychiatrist or counselor/therapist in your area.

Postpartum Support International (PSI) Warmline
1-800-944-4773 

  • This is not a crisis line and you may need to leave a message and wait for a call back.
  • Ask them to help you find a psychiatrist or counselor/therapist in your area.
  • Help is available in both English and Spanish.

 

Remind yourself:

  • I am a good person
  • I am a good mother
  • This is not my fault
  • My symptoms are treatable
  • I deserve to feel better

Disclaimer: Jenny’s Light is not a health care provider. The content of this website serves to provide peer-to-peer support. The information included is for educational and advocacy purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or psychological condition. Please consult your healthcare provider for individual advice regarding your own situation.

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