For the Record – Postpartum depression: How an organization plans to cut barriers with technology

Darya Zargar- January 31, 2019

Postpartum depression is a type of depression that may start developing during pregnancy or  occur after giving birth to a child.

Pacific Postpartum Support Society is a non-profit community based organization that helps mothers, fathers and caregivers through these tough times. It’s a Vancouver based group that receives around 5,000 phone calls from British Columbian’s a year.

Sheila Duffy, the director of this organization, says that all of the staff dealing with these calls, have experienced some form of postpartum depression and she says that allows them to connect.

In the next couple months Duffy says they will be launching a new texting service.

“For a lot of these people this can just be another barrier or an obstacle to reach out and actually talk to somebody…That’s one of the biggest things with mental health issues and certainly for new mom’s, that you know there’s really there’s such a stigma around it, it makes it really difficult for people to reach out.”

Sheila Duffy Director of Pacific Postpartum Support Society

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