CALGARY — On top of the added stress being felt by many during the pandemic, it has also had a particular impact on women facing postpartum depression and anxiety.
An annual event coming up next month looks to help bolster support programs.
The Run for Women raises awareness and funding for the Calgary Health Foundation which supports the Women’s Health Clinic at the Foothills Medical Centre.
Valerie Ball with the Foundation says those who are pregnant, or who have just had a child, have been having a tougher time because of the pandemic.
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“A lot of them are trying to balance family, their work life and the needs of their extended family. In pregnancy, they’re facing more isolation. Usually, when you have a baby you have a lot of support around you and so, during the pandemic, some of that support has changed, some of the ways we access our support networks, our families, changed,” said Ball.
She says the clinic offers specialized care.
“Not only to reach women but to really touch their whole families because sometimes when you need support with your mental health, it impacts your family, your significant other, your kids. So we want to make sure that support network is there.”
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, some of the signs for those who may be having trouble include forgetfulness, sadness, anger, guilt and withdrawing from others.
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The annual Run For Women, which supports those local programs, is being held virtually from July 4 to 11.
You can find out more at RunForWomen.ca.
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