Five years ago, Vermont received a grant to address mental health issues typically experienced by women who have just given birth. Three years later, a lot of work has been done, but the grant doesn’t last forever.
Lauren Norford, director of early childhood services at Rutland Mental Health Services, said Tuesday that on June 26, the public was invited to “Grimb Out of the Darkness,” an event sponsored by Postpartum Support International. In Rutland, the event will begin at the Rutland Recreation Community Center, starting at 10 a.m. People have to register in advance. Norford is one of the local leaders in rock climbing and can be contacted at 802-786-7388 or by emailing [email protected]
In Montpellier, the event takes place on the same day and at the same time and begins on the lawn of the State House, said Gretchen Elias, executive director of Good Beginnings of Central Vermont. She can be contacted at 802-595-7953. The goodbeginningscentralvt.org site will also contain information on how to participate.
Elias said the Montpellier event is less of a climb than a walk. Those who want a more vertical experience can participate in an ascent planned the previous week. Visit facebook.com/goodbeginningsvt where interested people can follow as more details are worked out.
Norford said the grant the state received to boost support for postpartum mood disorders is still two years away, so awareness needs to be stepped up to keep some programs ongoing, like the Wonderfeet Support Group. Kids’ Museum.
She said postpartum depression, which can also be postpartum anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and even psychosis, affects one in five women and one in three women of color.
“I don’t have an exact number, but for the record, a lot of women don’t seek treatment because it’s considered … they’re supposed to be happy, they’re having a baby, it’s generally good. health, and everyone is basically saying, hurt with you if everything was going well, why are you crying, or why are you anxious, or why are you having intrusive thoughts? ”she said.
Much of postpartum depression is thought to be related to changes in a woman’s body brought on by pregnancy and childbirth, but there are other factors, she said, is why even men can experience it. About 10% of new fathers report postpartum depression, she said.
“You definitely want to fix it because with any kind of depression or anxiety you don’t want someone to be in pain alone, you want them to know that there is help available”, a- she declared. “People who are depressed are at a higher risk of suicide or even without intention to do so but harm a baby. Above all, we want people to know that help is available and that they don’t have to be tough on it. They can get help, and they are not alone.
Postpartum depression can develop earlier and last longer than many people realize, Elias said.
“I think we’ve made a lot of progress over the past few years in bringing this to light and helping to break down the stigma, but it’s a time in life where you can feel a lot of pressure to be happy or to be happy. be happy, ”she said. “It can be really difficult and complicated, all the feelings you might have in transitioning to this new baby.”
Elias said she herself felt depressed for about a year after the birth of her first child. She was never diagnosed and said her case was mild.
“I remember it was around her first birthday when I felt something change,” she said. “And I told the moms that come to Good Beginnings.”