Post-Partum Depression Support Videos for Parents

The Pacific Post Partum Support Society (PPPSS) has produced a series of short video interviews with families working through the symptoms of post-partum depression/anxiety (PPD/A). Videos include:

  • Allen: You can’t fix everything
    • Allen discusses how his urge to ‘fix’ a situation that could not be fixed led to he and his wife feeling emotionally separated from one another.
  • Maria & Pablo: Give your partner time to recover
    • Maria and Pablo discuss why it is helpful to be patient during recovery from PPD/A
  • Mariko’s Journey
    • Mariko immigrated to Canada from Japan as an adult and married a Canadian. Her journey through depression and anxiety began during pregnancy. She hadn’t known about PPD/A and felt she couldn’t reach out for help because of stigma surrounding mental health in her home country. Her healing began with help from her husband and PPPSS.
  • Allen: What society expects from fathers
    • Allen discusses how fathers are under pressure to try to fix difficult situations, rather than care for emotional health.
  • Kasimir: Male roles
    • Kasimir discusses how it can be hard for many men to ask for help, particularly because society expects them to be responsible for their family.

The videos cover topics around relationships, support, ‘what helps’, and cultural difference issues. Pacific Post Partum Support Society has been supporting mothers and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety for over 40 years, having started as a grass roots initiative when a small group of women began meeting in 1971 at the Vancouver Crisis Line office to share their experience and support each other around postpartum issues. Today, their peer-mentoring model reaches out to approximately 3,500 mothers and families each year.