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Postpartum support Charleston brings awareness to silent illness on Mother's Day weekend

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This is a weekend to celebrate moms and for new mothers it's supposed to be extra special but statistics indicate about 20% of those moms are silently suffering with Postpartum depression.

This year there's been one Lowcountry mother who took her own life because of postpartum. Saturday on Daniel Island her friend, Brianna Rumble, ran a 5K in her honor to help bring awareness to the illness.

"She put on a really brave front, she was a really strong girl, strong woman so it was a little difficult to tell sometimes," Rumble said about her friend who died while dealing with PPD.

The president of Charleston's Postpartum support group, Holly Fisher, said nobody could tell while she was dealing with the same thing 6 years ago and her first mother's day was terrible even though, "it didn't need to be."

"I was very embarrassed, ashamed that I was not connecting with my baby and just did not want anyone to know what was going on with me so I waited several months before I went and got any treatment and now looking back I wish i had gotten help sooner," Fisher said. "I feel like I missed out on a lot of months just because I felt so terrible."

Now Fisher works to spread awareness to new moms on what to look for in order to get back to feeling better.

"Most people go through a period of time, two to three weeks after giving birth where they just feel maybe a little weepy, sad, maybe crying and that's just your hormones getting back together and if those symptoms persist and worsen after two to three weeks it might be a signal that something else is wrong," she said.

here are the symptoms:

extreme depression or anxiety

disruption in sleep or appetite

feelings of guilt, shame and disconnect

thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

"We have support, we have resources," she said. "With the right kind of counseling and possibly medication, support groups, you can absolutely get over Postpartum depression and feel much better."

By knowing the signs of what to look for and where to get help, both Rumble and Fisher hope no more Lowcountry moms suffer in silence.

"I think everyone should reach out to a new mom and say 'hey how are you doing, are you struggling? It's ok to struggle i'm here for you if you need any help.'" Rumble said. "I wish I would've known more."

The Centers for Disease Control said four percent of father's also experience depression in the first year of a child's life, and by a child's 12th birthday, 21% of dad's say they've dealt with depression.

Click here to find out more about PPD support in Charleston.
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