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International organization asks parents to share their maternal health stories – Indianapolis News | Weather Indiana | Indiana traffic

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Many people are preparing to celebrate mothers for Mother’s Day in May – National Maternal Mental Health Month.

Postpartum Support International, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is asking women to share their stories.

The organization was founded in 1987 by a new mother named Jane Honikman to raise awareness about the emotional problems women can experience during and after pregnancy.

“Although many parents experience mild mood swings during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety,” according to the organization’s website.

Researchers also said the condition is thought to affect one in five women and one in 10 men. Many people experience depression or anxiety during the perinatal period, including pregnancy, post-loss and 12 months postpartum.

Experts suggest that although perinatal mental disorders affect 800,000 people every year, many people suffer in silence because only 25% receive treatment.

In a press release, PSI said: “To raise awareness about perinatal mental health disorders and combat stigma and shame, PSI encourages people to wear a blue dot pin or sticker to show their solidarity and support.”

Pregnant and postpartum parents can call the PSI Helpline for support and resources at 1-800-944-4773, text “help” to 1-800-944-4773 (English), 971-203-7773 ( Spanish), or postpartum visits .net.