Two months ago, Kim Chen literally received the worst news of his life: His wife Florence died by suicide. Florence, at the time, was a new mom struggling with postpartum depression. Now, Chen is…raising their son on his own, and recently opened up about his experiencing by writing a powerful message to all new moms, insisting that they are not alone--and aren't failures if they cannot breastfeed. This past Tuesday, Chen shared the post on Remembering Mother Florence Leung, the page honoring his late wife: “Two months have passed since the… >> Read More
This Sunday, a horrific tragedy took place in Jerusalem. A mother of four girls strangled her children to death and then committed suicide.
When things like this happen, I've noticed that people…tend to respond in one of two ways. The first type of response is rage: "What a horrible monster! How could a woman murder her own children?!" The second type of response is trying to understand: "She had a mental illness and apparently just lost it... the poor woman." It seems to me that the… >> Read More
A devastating, unfathomable tragedy happened in Jerusalem on January 1, the start of the new year--which seems strikingly symbolic. Four children, ages 9, 7, 2 and 11 months, were found dead in a…locked room on fire, while their 36-year-old mother hanged to death on a nearby balcony, according to the Times of Israel. That sounds like something straight out of a horror movie.So, what exactly happened? After the autopsies, two of the older children showed signs of being strangled prior to being locked in a room set ablaze.… >> Read More
Struggling with postpartum depression is not unusual at all--in fact, it's pretty common. You may not realize that over 400,000 women in the U.S. suffer from postpartum depression every year--and a…lot of them suffer alone. What’s even worse is the fact that only 15% of those moms get treatment. This is why I rounded up four of my favorite quotes from Jewish celebrity moms who've been there--because it's important to raise awareness on how prevalent, and serious, postpartum depression is. No mom should suffer alone--or feel as… >> Read More
Did you realize that over 400,000 women in the U.S. suffer from postpartum depression every year? That's a lot of people. What's even worse is the fact that only 15% percent of those moms get…treatment. That means many moms go untreated--and struggle alone. Thankfully, the federal government is finally getting a hint, because now they are offering hope for the future of maternal mental health in the U.S. On November 30, Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.) announced that her maternal mental health legislation, the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act, passed… >> Read More