JOHNSON CITY – Beginning on Monday, January 14, the Johnson City Public Library will host the Cherished Mom Perinatal Support Group every Monday from 6-7 p.m. in the library’s second floor board room. The support group is organized and led by facilitators from the Appalachian Perinatal Mental Health Alliance (APMHA). The group is open to women who are preparing for or adjusting to motherhood and struggling with feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, and exhaustion.
The group’s main facilitator, Jessi Rasnick, says that many expectant and new moms deal with perinatal mood disorder, which manifests as anxiety, depression, guilt, and rage. This experience can be extremely isolating because it feels like no one understands. “Even if they have a strong support system of family and friends,” Jessi explains, “most women still feel alone and misunderstood when struggling with perinatal issues.” The main point of the support group is to lift that burden of loneliness by giving moms a space to share with others who have experienced or are currently experiencing similar feelings.
Appalachian Perinatal Mental Health Alliance is a branch of Postpartum Support International – Tennessee. The mission of APMHA is to promote awareness, prevention, advocacy, and treatment of perinatal and early parenting mental health issues in communities throughout Appalachia.