So we have officially launched our campaign to raise funds and raise awareness. It's been a looong journey for me. From the conception 6 years ago to today. I've had many doors shut in my face. I've had many people saying nobody wants to see a film about a mother who kills her child. I've had many people who wanted me to make significant changes.
But, my mother raised a stubborn woman. So here I am. Raising funds for this film and raising awareness about this mental illness and perinatal mood disorders. I am awed and I am humbled to take on this amazing task. To share the story of postpartum psychosis in such a deep and meaningful way.
So I have to pause and think on the women, doctors, lawyers, mothers, who shared their stories with me throughout the years of research. Who opened their hearts and shared their pain, their confusion, their despair, their tears, their knowledge, their legal expertise, their hopes, their plans for the future and so much more. That brings me to one of the most inspiring women I have met on this journey.
There was a woman who I was interviewing this summer, Naomi Knoles, who had suffered from Postpartum Psychosis and killed her daughter, Anna. She had served 10 years in prison and was now home, remarried, and trying to start over. She expressed how difficult it was for her to share her story, but she knew it needed to be done. She expressed the burden of guilt and shame. She also expressed that she was going through a rough time at the moment, battling depression. And after she expressed these things to me, after she bared her soul... one week later, she committed suicide. I was stunned, I was shocked, I was ashamed that I had missed the warning signs. But I was even more compelled to tell this story. She inspired me to be dogmatic about getting our film out there, to not shy away or back down or diminish what we are doing.
Naomi survived postpartum psychosis, she survived the death of her daughter, she survived prison, but for some reason, this courageous woman couldn't survive being home. And that to me, is a tragedy. So, today, as I face my fear of bringing my art to the world, today I take courage from Naomi and Anna. I celebrate them and the gift of their lives that will help the postpartum community. It will not be in vain.
Read their STORY HERE and hopefully you will be moved to want to do something.
And if you are moved, if you want to know more, if you are trying to figure out how you can help, please visit our campaign HERE. Spread the word. There are many more stories out there from women who have suffered from postpartum psychosis. There are many more Naomi's out there. They desperately need your help.
I, need your help! Spread the word about what we are trying to do!