On May 1st to celebrate Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day, Chrissy Teigen and Allegheny Health Network celebrated together by launching a new campaign to bring awareness to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
Model, Activist, and all around champion of keeping it real, Chrissy Teigen, has spoken candidly about her battle with postpartum depression since the birth of her first child, Luna in 2014.
The #MyWishForMoms social cause initiative aims to create open dialogue among women about postpartum depression and anxiety.
“When I was approached with this opportunity – to help be the voice for women experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety – I thought, ‘this is perfect!’. I’m grateful to be able to use the platform that I’ve been given to reduce the stigma that many women feel when talking about these very real and treatable conditions,” said Teigen. “I wish I had known that postpartum depression can happen to anyone because I didn’t think it could happen to me. Here I was, with my perfect little Luna and a supportive husband, yet I was truly struggling.”
According to The Bloom Foundation for Maternal Wellness of the approximately 361,000 babies born each day, 20% of those mothers will be affected by PMADS – 72,000 women. Of that number only 15% will seek help – 10,800.
Throughout the month of May, Teigen is asking moms to share what they wish they would have known about postpartum depression and anxiety on social media using the hashtag #MyWishForMoms.
For Steven D’Achille, having Teigen open up about this topic and support the center means everything to them.
Steven, in partnership with Allegheny Health Network, opened up the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health at West Penn Hospital in honor of Steven’s wife Alexis who lost her battle to postpartum depression in 2012 after the birth of their daughter.
According to Steven, the center is a place for all moms to feel accepted and get the treatment they need, something that he says he and his wife weren’t able to find in time.
Steven told Parade that “Alexis was in trouble,” he says. “We went to seven different hospitals and facilities in her last 13 days of her life. She was very, very honest with everybody, and that’s the thing that breaks my heart. She was so stuck in her head, and she was smart enough to realize it, and smart enough to reach out to seek help. At that time, help just didn’t exist.”
Steven says the center is a legacy for Alexis and their daughter, who is now 5 years old. “It hit me that my daughter is going to have a baby one day … what happens when she gets pregnant?” he shares. “I need to protect her. I need to do everything I can to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. With the center, I know Alexis would be beaming with pride.”
Teigen, who Steven says that Alexis was a “super big fan” of, has the same hope for new moms. “My wish for moms is that they know they aren’t alone, and they are supported by the more than 500,000 women who share their experience each year,” she says. “Imagine if we can get as many people talking about postpartum depression and anxiety as those experiencing it, and let them know help is available.
Share your #MyWishForMoms here and on all your social media channels to increase awareness and show your support.