** Trigger warning – This podcast includes discussion and description of perinatal mental illness topics that may include but are not limited to, prenatal and postpartum anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, psychosis, miscarriage, stillbirth, and suicidal ideation. This podcast isn’t meant to provide medical advice. Anyone seeking medical help should consult their primary health care provider or seek assistance at their nearest emergency department. **

Preparing for pregnancy and parenthood is something many people look forward to at a certain stage in their lives. But what happens when those plans and the preconceived notions we’ve grown up expecting of this special time in our lives don’t play out like the rosy pink and blue storylines that our friends, family and media tell us it’s going to be like? Especially when it’s compounded by almost two years of isolation and fear?

‘You Are Not Alone’ is an anthology of perinatal mental health stories from conception to postpartum’ published by the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative (CPMHC.ca) available on Amazon and Indigo.

It chronicles dozens of true stories as told by 49 moms from across the 49th parallel. In it, parents recount the struggles and triumphs of motherhood and perinatal mental illness.

It is the first anthology in Canada to feature real stories as well as chapters on the science of perinatal mental health from Canada’s top leading doctors and researchers.

This podcast features interviews with each author in the anthology conducted by anthology editor and CPMHC co-founder, Patricia Tomasi.