Allegheny Health Network announced Thursday that it is partnering with model and actress Chrissy Teigen to launch a social cause initiative that aims to create an open dialogue about women about postpartum depression and anxiety.
According to a release from AHN, about one in seven new mothers — or more than 500,000 women — develop postpartum depression, but only 15 percent of them received treatment. Allegheny Health is seeking to increase awareness of postpartum depression so women suffering from it know they are not alone.
“When I was approached with this opportunity – to help be the voice for women experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety – I thought, ‘this is perfect!'” Teigen said in a statement. “I’m grateful to be able to use the platform that I’ve been given to reduce the stigma that many women feel when talking about these very real and treatable conditions.”
Throughout the month of May — which is also known as Mental Health month — Teigen will use social media to ask moms to share what they wish they would have known about postpartum depression by using the hashtag #MyWishForMoms. A website with the same name as the hashtag will educate families on the warning signs and treatment options for postpartum depression.
Teigen previously visited Pittsburgh for the opening of the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health, where she met with women who received treatment for postpartum depression.