Postpartum Support International (PSI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mental health worldwide. PSI provides direct support to pregnant and postpartum women and families, training to professionals and volunteers, and a bridge to connect with each other. Our universal motto is: You are not alone, you are not to blame, and with help you will get well.
What to Expect in the PSI Support Groups:
Women often say meeting others with a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMD) is a lifeline in their recovery. Many survivors say that being with others that understood helped take away the loneliness and made them feel a little less different. Yet, there is always a little fear about trying something new. If you’re not sure about support group, here’s some information that might help:
What happens at a support group meeting? The meeting is casual and usually small in size. Each woman introduces herself and, if comfortable, tells a little of her story. Women often find similar concerns and share ideas. The focus of the group is on healing, acceptance, and maintaining/starting good self care habits.
Who is invited to the meeting? Women who have been diagnosed or who are having symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are welcome. To maintain confidentiality and to promote open sharing.
I can’t take anyone else’s sadness right now; are the meetings sad? Whenever women share the pain of going through a PMAD, tears and sadness can come. But laughter and healing come too as they tell stories about their experience. Most women attend a support group looking for hope and encouragement. Many say they felt energized after a meeting, not sadder.
Will I have to talk about my experience? No one in the group is pushed to talk. Some women prefer to listen rather than talk. But remember, your experience and insight are valuable and could help someone else in the room. Do what’s best for you.