Women from all walks of life can suffer from perinatal or postpartum depression, and some reach such a dark place emotionally that they take their own lives. Depression doesn't discriminate; it can affect expecting moms or dads. It is the second leading cause of death for women in the perinatal period, but only 20% of pregnant women actually report feeling depressed to their doctors. It is estimated that 1 in 7 women will suffer from some sort of maternal mental health disorder (MMHD).
Kassy's Kause is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded to bring awareness to perinatal depression. The organization helps people connect with much-needed resources like therapy and support groups.
In 2017, Kassy's Kause recently released a documentary called "Kassy's Hope, My Life 4 Yours" to help break the silence about MMHD. The documentary features a panel of women who have experienced and survived the horrible, lonely and misunderstood MMHD. In the film, doctors from UNM and Lovelace help bring light to the science behind this illness, and local actors portray the signs and symptoms.
Kassy's Kause holds several events and presentations throughout the year to help families get educated on the signs of MMHD.