Need: The Pride: A call to create awareness of women/girl- child suffering from postpartum depression and ways to help women of age with menopause.
Postpartum depression or menopause are words I never heard growing up until I travelled abroad (U.K & Canada). Living in Canada, I remember being judgemental - still working on it, of the many labels this society has. I felt they had every condition and behaviour attached with a label (name). Coming from my background you’d understand.
A child with ADD - or who mirrors the exact symptoms back home- is known to have behavioural issues or just doesn’t listen.
A woman who has postpartum depression, back home, is known to be lazy; or someone who doesn’t know how to raise a child. A lot of women end up not only killing their children but themselves as well.
A woman who reaches menopause will have multiple symptoms; however, is misdiagnosed and ends up taking unnecessary medication - which in turn causes a multitude of issues.
To add, within the African community that I live in, conversation or awareness of these conditions is non-existant and deemed an embarrasement.
Doctors in Africa are constantly dealing with grave situations. Therefore, overlooking postpartum depression and menopause, becomes the norm.
I am hoping to start a campaign that can create awareness and to make the job easier for doctors and midwives. Cervical cancer is also big for women reaching menopause, as most traditional herbs are used to curb some if not most of the symptoms. Most of these herbs are inserted.