Known for her outspokenness on social media, Chrissy Teigen has never shied away from being open about her personal experience as a mom dealing with postpartum depression. Now she’s lending her platform to raise awareness about this challenging topic for all moms.

In honor of Women’s Health Month Teigen is raising awareness about women’s maternal mental health as a spokesperson for the Allegheny Health Network. Teigen launched the campaign with a call to action on her Instagram feed.

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One of the biggest hurdles in getting help for moms dealing with postpartum depression is that they are often afraid to speak up. Teigen wants moms to share their stories of new motherhood on social media to help normalize the conversation and give moms with depression and anxiety some support.

In her post she asks moms to share a picture on social media “that captures what it felt like having a new baby” and to caption it with what they wish they knew when they were going through it. The posts should include the hashtag #MyWishforMoms. Her goal is to get as many women talking about the topic as the number of new moms that experience depression each year, which is about 500,000.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Chrissy Teigen via Instagram

 

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