There is something I need to get off my chest. Postpartum depression sucks. It affects so many women. Women that I know and love. We lose something everyday that we struggle with ppd. We lose ourselves, our relationships, and memories. Love is replaced with fear and stress and thoughts of leaving it all behind. I don't' know if it's just me and my awareness, but I have seen many of my friends this year suffer from PPD. During pregnancy, after birth and into the toddler years. It needs to stop. But how? Awareness comes first logically, and that is why we do this project. Our friends and family and health care providers need to be aware too. We need more than resources, we need to look out for and stand up for one another. Mother's with PPD are reluctant to ask for help. They don't want to burden others and in most cases feel like they should be able to do this alone. What they have a hard time realizing is that we are not meant to do any of this alone. Look around you right now, think hard about who you know that has just had a baby recently or may be pregnant with another. Open a dialogue about their fears. Start the conversation for them. It's pretty easy to spot someone that is really struggling, reach out. Cook them meals, clean their home, and offer childcare if you can. While these things will not cure PPD, it can help them find time for themselves to slowly recover. Don't sit around feeling guilty about all the things you can't do for them, just do something, anything. Hug them, or hold their babies while they shower. If you can't cook for them, order them something, if you don't have the money, be that annoying friend that calls them daily to just chat and check up. Dammit, bring them a cup cake and a card. Don't leave them alone just because they are experiencing something that you couldn't possibly understand. Try to understand. Do Something. Their fight is not an effortless one. They are in a war with themselves and their hormones. There is no time limit. Let us make sure we all have what we need. This is to all my friends this year that have felt that pang in their hearts. Those that have cried those tears in desperation and those that are lost in the fog. You're not alone.