Phone Chats! Meetings! Love letters!
PPD to Joy is here to provide support for mothers and families struggling with guilt, anxiety, and postpartum depression.
We acknowledge the hard, disarm the guilt (UnGuilt trips!), and share cookies from the PPD kooky jar . We do all sorts of things that help give us more access to the joy of parenting. We aim to change the cultural conversation around postpartum depression. This short video is a good start.
Phone chats! The PPD SpeakEasy Support Call
Join us for our free support conference call on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The next one is on June. 15, at 8:30 pm. (click for more info and future dates)
Sign up to the mailing list to get the call details delivered directly to your inbox on the day of each call. Your email will NEVER EVER be shared, your privacy is always safe here.
Meetings! Ithaca Support Group: not just for the officially depressed.
What: A bunch of moms (and some very cute babies) getting together
Some have been diagnosed with PPD, or PPA (Postpartum Anxiety). Others haven’t quite figured out what the heck is making their lives so hard. Some of us don’t have full fledged depression, but still struggle with guilt, feelings of inadequacy, sleep deprivation, and the big difference between expectations and reality in the mother-land. Drop in, ongoing, and absolutely free.
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Like to plan ahead? Click here for our Events Calendar
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How about some self-care and functional love in the comfort of your own inbox?
Signing up for the email list (up there on the right), gets you the PPD love letters. It’s not just a newsletter (sure, it will include call details, meeting dates and other practical things) but the main part, the heart of the letter is all about practical ideas and tools that guide you on the journey to loving and nurturing yourself. Some of the content will be utterly serious, and a lot will be totally goofy, because sometimes the most effective way to get through the pain of depression is to turn everything silly-side-up. There will be experiments, maps, and exercises. There might be things to download, print and play with, or sounds to listen to. There will be things that could be called homework (but that doesn’t do them justice). It’s a guided functional love practice.
When the classes I’m developing will be ready, you will be the first to know. I’m committed to always providing free and practical functional love tools and coping skills. And to keeping my paid offerings affordable.
Why practice functional love? Because when you get to really know yourself, you can start loving yourself, as you are, warts and all. The struggles don’t magically disappear, but you are no longer at their mercy. You no longer beat yourself up, making everything so much harder. You stop feeling guilty all the time. You feel better. You look better. You sleep better. And then everybody is happy, right? Especially you.
And that’s my mission. I firmly believe that when you make the mother happy, the rest of the family becomes happier. (And yes, of course, the goodies in the letter can be practiced by the other parent as well, this is useful stuff for anybody willing to invest in self-care and getting to know him or her self better. If both parents practice these ideas, the whole family is likely to experience a kind of functional love that is so very supportive it is almost subversive.)
As always, your email address and your privacy are totally safe here. We don’t share your information with anybody, ever!
Click here for links to past Love Letters:
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Are you in crisis right now?
If the next meeting or call sounds like it’s in the next millennium, and you need help right now because you are in terrible pain, or are so numb that you might as well be done with everything (not true! it’s the ppdemons talking, not the real you) please call a hotline today:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Suicide hotline, 24/7 free and confidential, nationwide network of crisis centers.
I used to volunteer at the suicide prevention crisisline here in Ithaca. We got all the regional calls from this hotline. The trained counselors there have compassion and resources, and they are always there, just waiting for your call. By the way, the service is totally anonymous. They won’t even ask you to tell them your name (you can tell them your name if that makes you feel more comfortable).
The best PPD resources online (or anywhere else, for that matter):
If you are struggling postpartum, this site is a life saver. I have no doubt Katherine’s work is literally saving lives. She has a great daily email called Postpartum Hope, and it’s short, sweet, and helpful. I highly recommend signing up for it.
My Postpartum Voice
Another lifesaver. Lauren Hale hosts #ppdchat on twitter every Monday. Now I can’t wait for Mondays. I love everything about her site, and Lauren is particularly supportive of my efforts here, so let’s give her some love back. Click, comment, spread the word. Thanks.
Because fathers can also get PPD.
And my favorite place on the entire world wide web:
Not postpartum oriented, but still immensely helpful. Sweet and funny, thought-provoking, simple yet subversive ideas on self-care, self-friendship, healthy self-talk, and so much more good stuff. When I’m down, that’s the first place I go for comfort online:
If you happen to be freaking out right now, click here:
and here (free ebook with emergency calming techniques):