May is Maternal Health Month

 

May is actually Mental Health Month. If you were hanging around these parts at this time last year, you’d know that all too well. Every day of May, I posted something germane to that topic: reflecting on my own struggles and successes, reviewing symptoms and warning signs, offering hopefully helpful resources. While I got increasingly more depressed the more posts about my own depression I logged, it was a valuable exercise. So much so, that I’ve decided to do a similar one this year.

Since the plot line of my mentally-ill life spiked with the birth of my third daughter, I decided to tighten my focus onto maternal mental health. In no way am I discounting any of the other myriad aspects of mental illness and/or health, but those surrounding mothering and the female hormonal system are an animal in and of themselves – a big, nasty, brutish, spiky-haired one, may I add.

Colloquialism has us turning into fierce mama bears when our children are threatened, but what of the threats that come from inside us?

This month, I hope to explore that and perhaps lay some of that hair back down.

Join the pack.

There are so many of us out there, even if it feels each of us is trapped in a dark cave all alone.

A general banner for Mental Health Month, but I chose the image of this woman alone on the beach because very often, our family is fine, we're the one (feeling like we're) struggling all alone; that there is something we must fix within ourselves before we can connect with the family.

A general banner for Mental Health Month, but I chose the image of this woman alone on the beach because very often, our family is fine; we’re the ones (feeling like we’re) struggling all alone; that there is something we must fix within ourselves before we can connect with the family.

 

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  1. Looking forward to your next series Jennifer…great banner… 🙂

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    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  May 1, 2014

      Thank you, Sherri. There’s a link with the photo on my FB page to the organization I borrowed it from!

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  2. PREACH!! I think maternal MH needs much more discourse. Great work! I actually did a double take on your title because as someone in the biz, I was a bit concerned I didn’t know about maternal MH month. . . but I actually didn’t know it was regular MH month either. . . so that tells you what kind of a clinician I am! I’m looking forward to your posts this month for sure!

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    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  May 1, 2014

      Yeah, I’ve fooled a few people. I should trademark it! But that doesn’t make an sort of judgement of your status as a clinician. You’re just totally focused on your clients!

      Thanks for your encouragement!

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