Postpartum Depression Kenya (abbreviated PPDKenya) is a registered community-based organization in Kiambu County. It was formed to create awareness and reduce the stigma linked to Postpartum Depression (PPD) and other perinatal mood disorders, as well as offer psychosocial support for affected moms and their families.
PPDKenya was formed by persons who have lived with Postpartum Depression, mental healthcare providers as well as individuals who are passionate about maternal mental health. This team is fueled by the passion to sensitize the community on maternal mental illness and help make a difference.
Why Postpartum depression
Postpartum Depression is one of the most common perinatal mood disorders that affect women after child birth. According to Postpartum International (PSI), 1 in 7 women will suffer PPD in their lifetime. To bring this closer home, think about seven of your friends who are new moms. It is likely that 1 of the 7 will struggle with PPD.
In Kenya, there are more than 1.5 Million births annually (Statistics from UNICEF). Assuming that most of these births are not multiple births, we can assume that as many as 200,000 women are predisposed to PPD in Kenya alone. In a country that has 88 consultant psychiatrists only to serve the entire population, it is clear that there is a need for more mental health resources. In our endeavor to address maternal mental health in Kenya, PPD Kenya’s vision and mission is as follows:
Our vision: A Kenya where women are more informed about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and have access to support and resources to improve their mental health.
Our mission: To raise awareness and reduce the stigma of PMADs while providing psychosocial support for affected moms and their families.
- Providing psychosocial support for moms living with a PMAD such as postpartum depression.
- Creating a bridge between the moms and families affected by PMADs and professionals in the mental health field.
- Promoting perinatal mental health education to fight stigma and raise awareness.
- Advocating for perinatal mental health through research, policy advice and educating the society.