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Hello! My name is Kristina and I am a parent at John Knox. I am excited to share about a powerful project I am creating and I’m looking for people in the community to join me.

Last month I started a project to raise awareness around postpartum depression. I have been up and down with depression of all sorts for over a decade. Through a lot of counselling, training and recovery, I am now in a place of freedom and strength. Using what I’ve experienced, I want to give back and contribute to others. It’s time to play BIG!!

1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men experience postpartum depression (PPD) in the months after a baby arrives home.  Not only does PPD make it difficult for parents to care for themselves and their babies, it compromises bonding and attachment, and disrupts the quality of life. The most devastating and earth rattling effects of PPD can be harm to self and/or others or even death. Through this awareness project, I want to bring freedom and hope to women. I want them to know that they are not alone, they are not crazy and there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

During the next few months, I will be developing a postpartum support channel on YouTube where I will be inter- viewing women who have postpartum stories to tell. I will also be hosting an awareness event to launch the video, eat dessert, talk about PPD and fundraise for the Pacific Postpartum Support Society. In addition, a postpartum depression Facebook group has been created to provide community and support for women. Please join yourself or share with those who you think will receive value from it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/372913483527082/

This project is big and has an even bigger impact. I am inviting you to join me in this cause! Please consider how  you can contribute to this project through your skills, contacts and resources. Regardless of how much or little you can contribute, please share the Facebook group to those who could use the care and support. Please message me and we can talk further.

Thank you for your consideration and support. Together we can save lives! Kristina (kristina.ducklow@gmail.com)