This article is part of the Here. Now. essay series, which seeks to de-stigmatize mental health treatment, and improve accessibility to treatment and support for teens and parents in metropolitan New York.
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.