Postpartum Support International is keenly aware of the many losses families have experienced related to pregnancy and postpartum mental health. The greatest loss of all happens for those surviving families and friends who have lost a loved one due to perinatal depression, anxiety, or psychosis. We want surviving families and friends to know that they are not alone. We understand your grief and despair, and how important it can be to connect with other surviving families and make sense of your loss. It is in honor of those losses that we work to increase awareness, reduce shame, and support informed and reliable care pathways for all childbearing families.
If you have come to this page while you are going through your own pregnancy or postpartum distress, please know that you are not alone, you are not to blame, and that you will get better with help. Every perinatal mood disorder is temporary and treatable, no matter how acute your symptoms are today. When you are depressed and anxious, everything looks bleak and perhaps impossible. We want you to know that you will not always feel like this, and we are here to help until you feel better. Reach out and let others help.
If you are in any danger of harming yourself, you must get help immediately. Call 911, go to your nearest hospital, or call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you need resources for loss and grief in pregnancy, birth, or postpartum, please visit our list of pregnancy and postpartum loss resources.
In an emergency, call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Resources for Families who have lost a loved one
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: I’ve lost someone
- Jenny’s Light
- Tree of Hope Foundation
- Melanie’s Battle
- The Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation
- American Association of Suicidology
- Postpartum Depression and Suicide Connection by Sonia Murdock at LIWomen.com
- Mayo Clinic, Coping with Suicide
If you need other resources or want to suggest one for this page, please write to PSI Executive Director Wendy Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org