As many of you know, after the birth of my daughter Delilah in 2009 I suffered from a severe case of postpartum depression and OCD. It caught me completely off guard, but it shouldn’t have — one in seven mothers will find herself in its grasp.
The illness and subsequent recovery changed my life in many ways (for one, I now spend a LOT of time trying to make moms laugh online.) As a survivor I have the opportunity to reach out to those who are currently lost in the postpartum abyss and offer them hope through both my work at BuzzFeed, and my work with Postpartum Progress – a national non-profit founded by my close friend Katherine Stone to raise awareness surrounding postpartum depression and its related illnesses (postpartum anxiety, OCD, and psychosis) and provide support to Moms who are currently suffering. Katherine quite literally reached out and offered me a life line when I was at my lowest, and your donations will allow her and her team to do the same for so many more women.
On June 18th, the longest day of the year, I’ll be hiking Griffith Park as a part of CLIMB OUT OF THE DARKNESS, Postpartum Progress’ annual fundraiser. I’m asking you, my friends & readers, to sponsor my hike with a $10 donation in order to help this amazing organization continue its invaluable work for another year. The link to support our team is here — https://www.crowdrise.com/
alikozoll-COTD2016/fundraiser/ morganshanahan — and of course I welcome you to come on June 18th and hike with us if you like to get physical.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for always supporting me. Maternal mental health impacts all of us.
All my love,