SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – In Utah, one in seven women suffer from postpartum depression.
It can have a devastating impact on the mother and the family. That’s why a state lawmaker is trying to make sure help is more accessible.
Motherhood brought the highest of highs for Kelsie Oliver, but a few days after giving birth, that made way for the lowest of lows.
“It was like a switch had flipped. And, I was panicking, my mind was racing at all times and I was struggling with what’s been called intrusive thoughts,” said Oliver, who suffered from postpartum anxiety OCD.
She says the more she fought to make it go away, the harder it hit. It came to a very desperate point.
“I then decided that I didn’t want to do this anymore and that my family did not deserve this, so I was going to take my own life,” she said.
Oliver’s husband stepped in and helped get her on the path to recovery, but unfortunately, many women follow through with that thought.
According to Postpartum Support International Utah, suicide was the second leading cause of death for perinatal women from 2015-2016.
Founder Amy Rose-White says it doesn’t have to come to that. She says help is out there.
“There’s so much hope. And, our major message is we want people to know they are not alone, they are not to blame and with help, they will be well,” said Rose-White.
Representative Jen Dailey-Provost wants to spread that hope.
She’s running an appropriations request for a $250,000 one-time and a $250,000 ongoing investment in maternal mental health resources across the state.
“We think that we are supposed to be blissfully happy all the time and we really need to combat that statewide, nationwide, worldwide, that feeling. Anxiety or depression is not a failure of any kind,” said Dailey-Provost, (D) Salt Lake City.
Oliver was able to shake those feelings and get the help she needed. Now she’s thriving and sharing her story to help others who may be going down the same road.
“Mothers will always fight and we deserve to not face this alone or in silence,” Oliver said.