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How to Help Someone with Depression

Depression is one of the most common serious mental disorders, and yet it is often misunderstood, unnoticed, or even ignored. Everyone feels down sometimes, but depressed people have a persistently low mood that affects all facets of their life. If you believe you or someone you love may be depressed, read the following information to learn ways to help someone with depression.

This guide consists of ten chapters that will help you learn about this serious mental disorder and how to treat it. To skip to a particular chapter, click one of the following links:

Read Rest of article- How To Help Someone With Depression – The Definitive Guide

Free postpartum depression/anxiety support group

Free postpartum depression/anxiety support group THIS Saturday. 10-11:30 at Restoring Balance 1717 Legion Rd Suite 101 Chapel Hill. Please share with your moms this week. Etizolam vs Xanax, we find out which is best right here. Donation for cost of space kindly accepted.

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Strollerthon Kids’ Carnival 2015





Mark your calendars!

Saturday, October 17

join us for

Strollerthon Kids’ Carnival!



We are renaming our annual event Strollerthon Kids’ Carnival. It is a family-friendly walk and indoor/outdoor carnival. Activities will include Bricks4Kidz, a Music Together class, a fitness event with Stroller Strides, face painting, carnival games, art activities, puppets and more!

This year’s StrollerThon Kids’ Carnival will be held Saturday, October 17 from 10:30am to12:30pm at the Cary Senior Center located in Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 120 Mary Odell Place, Cary.

If you have questions or would like more information about the StrollerThon Kid’s Carnival, contact Kerri Hall or Irene Gouge at their emails listed below.

Currently we are seeking items for our raffle/silent auction, please let us know if you or someone you know would like to donate an item, or fill out our online donation form.


StrollerThon CoChairs

Irene Gouge  lovinglessons@yahoo.com
Kerri Hall kmeekshall@gmail.com



Board of Directors:


Carrie Meigs, Chair

Karen Yayapour, Treasurer

Wanda Adams

Tanya Creech

Irene Gouge

Kerri Hall

Sybil Harrington

John T. Stone

Our Services:

Moms Supporting Moms Support Group 

Phone Support Line


Education & Outreach


Laura Meyers

Administrative Coordinator


Interested in volunteering, requesting a speaker,

adding your name to our mental health referral list,

or joining our board of directors? 


Please contact us at 919-889-3221 or info@pesnc.org for more information.



Moms Bravely Share Their Real Stories Of Postpartum Anxiety And Depression

A powerful new video puts a face — in fact, many faces — to  postpartum depression and anxiety.

Produced by blogger Jill Krause in partnership with nonprofit Postpartum Progress, the video shows real mothers opening up about their experience with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and offering words of support for other parents struggling with these issues.


See video and article-The Huffington Post

Depression and Breastfeeding with D-MER: When Your Letdown Gets You Down

The first few months of breastfeeding have been rough for me with each baby. I’ve struggled with depression and breastfeeding every time, lasting for the first few months.  This depression is a bit different. It comes on very strong each time I have a letdown and lessens as baby nurses.  It’s not just depression. It has a name and it’s real.  It’s called D-MER or Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex.  And it’s not fun.

Read rest of this article-Breastfeeding Place

Hiding in Plain Sight: Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum depression (PPD) is a form of depression that develops following childbirth and impacts functioning to various degrees depending on severity. Onset is usually from the first few weeks postpartum up through the first year. Postpartum depression and a condition known as the “Baby Blues” may be confused. The differences between the “Baby Blues” and PPD are the duration, intensity, and severity of the symptoms. Approximately 80% of new mothers experience what is known as the “blues” (with symptoms such as lack of sleep, exhaustion, and a roller coaster of emotions), usually due to a hormonal imbalance. However, these symptoms typically peak around two weeks and then disappear. Some mothers react more strongly than others to the changes in hormone levels, be it post-partum or even post-weaning.


Read rest-Breastfeeding USA

PSI 27th Annual Conference in Chapel Hill, NC

June 18 – June 21, 2014
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
27th Annual Postpartum Support International Conference 
with University of North Carolina Center for Women’s Mood Disorders

“Creating Connections between Communities, Practitioners, and Science:  Innovative Care for Perinatal Mood Disorders” 

Easy Online Registration
Eventbrite - PSI 27th Annual Conference with UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders

2014 Main Conference Agenda 

Pre-Conference PSI Perinatal Mood Disorders Certificate Training Course Agenda

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

Please donate to our PSI Volunteer Conference Scholarship Fund

Conference Lodging 

Chapel Hill Courtyard by Marriott
Special rate available until Tue May 27, 2014

Call the Marriott at 800-321-2211 or 919-883-0700 
Mention the UNC Mood Disorders Conference Block to make reservations

or Click below to reserve a room at our discounted rate
* Note separate links for room options below *

King Bed $109 USD per night
Book King Bed at Courtyard Chapel Hill for $109 USD per night

2 Queen Beds $109 USD per night
Book 2 Queen Beds at Courtyard Chapel Hill for $109 USD per night


2014 Conference Keynote Presenters:

  • David Rubinow, MD, Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an internationally known expert in the evaluation and treatment of women with mood disorders that occur during periods of hormonal change, will speak about cutting edge research on women’s mental health.

  • Marguerite Morgan, LMSW, PhD, Clinical Supervisor of Arbor Circle Early Childhood Services, Grand Rapids, MI, will address Perinatal Mood Disorders and the perspectives of African American childbearing women.

  • Joy Burkhard, MBA, founder of the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and the national 2020 Mom Project campaign will address working with multiple stakeholders to advance maternal mental health systems change.

  • Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Perinatal Psychiatry Program, will review psychopharmacologic treatment of perinatal psychiatric illness.


Support Postpartum Education and Support this Holiday Season


December 1, 2013

 Do you remember how you first heard about Postpartum Education and Support?

 Last week I spoke with a mother who found information about Moms Supporting Moms on the website of Postpartum Progress. Earlier this month a local mom called to ask about volunteering after she saw our flyer at her gynecologist’s office. A Raleigh business owner contacted me this past spring to ask about supporting us after he saw a StrollerThon advertisement.  

 Information about Postpartum Education and Support (PES) is readily available in many community locations, and I am thrilled about all the people we are reaching. I appreciate our strong partnerships with healthcare providers who refer moms to our phone warmline and Moms Supporting Moms group. I am excited to see our online presence growing through social media and local blogs.

 But what’s on my mind today is all the people we are not yet reaching.

 One in eight women suffers from postpartum depression. Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and more than 10,000 babies are born each year in Wake County. Despite increasing awareness of postpartum mood disorders and treatment options, there are many mothers in our community who are not yet getting the support they need.  And there are many individuals who have not yet heard about PES.

 We have important goals for growth in 2014. For all women giving birth in our community to know about PES, we must expand our outreach to the professionals who interact with expectant couples and parents of newborns. We are also adding a blog to our website so that we can offer more personal stories and current information about perinatal resources in the Triangle.

 For the mothers and families who have found PES, we have provided steady support, practical information, and the hope that recovery is possible. 

 One mother described her experience at Moms Supporting Moms this way:

 “I can’t tell you how validating (and supremely comforting) it was to recognize that I was not the only person on the planet struggling with postpartum depression. That I had nothing to be ashamed of. And, most importantly, that it did not make me a bad mother.” 

 For 15 years, Moms Supporting Moms has helped mothers suffering from postpartum mood disorders. We need your help to make sure that all women, families, and healthcare providers know about our services. Contributions from individuals support every aspect of PES’s work – Moms Supporting Moms, the phone warmline, our printed materials, and our community outreach.

 Please make a tax-deductible gift to PES this season. You may send a check or make your secure contribution online at http://pesnc.org/support-us/. 

 Donations of any amount are appreciated – every gift helps us continue and expand our work. 

 Thank you for your commitment to mothers, families, and our community. If you have any questions or would like to know more about PES services, please contact me at 919-889-3221. Warmest wishes to you for a joyful holiday season.


Caroline Pence

Executive Director

 PS. Please forward this message to friends or colleagues who would like to support PES’s work in our community!

Tips for Getting More Sleep & Protecting Your Milk Supply During PPD


Here are things you can do to help protect your milk supply and get more sleep.

Check out this great list by Postpartum progress.



What are some ways you best got some sleep with your new born?

Sleep Management, Breastfeeding & Postpartum Depression

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Tambako the Jaguar / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

Being a new mother can be overwhelming. You don’t get enough sleep. Breastfeeding can be difficult. Some babies seem to cry and cry and cry and you don’t know why.  This can be incredibly trying for any new mom, but it can be debilitating and dangerous for a mom with postpartum depression (PPD).


Read rest of article- Postpartum Progress