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Beating postpartrum depression and how you can help

By: Blanca
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Talking about postpartum depression is important to me because I’ve been there. It’s not easy, mostly because many times you don’t understand why you’re feeling the way you are. I want more women going through this to know that they are not alone and there is a way to make it better. But it starts with having a conversation about it. 

Today, we spoke with Joanne Bryant from Fairfax Station. Her daughter Shelane Gaydo suffered  from postpartum depression after the loss of her fourth child. She took her own life at age 35 on June 12, 2015.

Joanne hopes to bring postpartum depression out of the darkness and make it a common conversation that families will have with their loved ones. You can support Shelane’s Run, a 5K race and 1K fun run held Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at the Fairfax County Government Center.

In this interview you will also hear the voice of Adrienne Griffin, head of the nonprofit organization Postpartum Support Virginia. You can get help www.postpartumva.org.

I’m so grateful for my three kids and now I can even say I am grateful for that season in my life.  I’ve learned to be more compassionate and understanding toward people with this condition. I hope you will not only listen to this conversation but start your own as well. I  hope you’ll share this with anyone you know who recently had a baby – even if you don’t see any PPD symptoms. You might be saving their life. 

-Blanca Vega, Morning show co-host

​If you'd like to participate in Shelane's Run just click on this link www.shelanesrun.orgThe event is this Saturday, October 21st at the Fairfax Government Center.
Check out the links below to find support if you or someone you know is struggling with postpartum depression.
Postpartum Support International, www.postpartum.net, 1-800-944-4773
Postpartum Support Virginia, www.postpartumva.org, 703-829-7152
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