Sisters in Mental Illness: Postpartum Depression


[TRIGGER WARNING: Content mentions depression.]

“It would be better if I wasn’t here.”
“I’m a terrible mother.”
“It would be better for my kids if I wasn’t around.” 

These were the thoughts that flooded Megan Gahan’s mind when she suffered postpartum depression.

Longtime SheLovelys will know monthly contributor and former submissions editor Megan Gahan. Megan writes candidly about depression, postpartum and the hard stuff of life. This month Shaley talks to Megan about how she learned she had postpartum depression, how she found healing through writing and sisterhood, and the books that helped her along the way.


Sisters In Mental Illness: Postpartum Depression with Megan Gahan Video 1 (


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You can read more stories from Megan here.

Posts mentioned in the videos:

Will Depression Be My Legacy?
Depression is Not Like Bora Bora

Sisters in Mental Illness is a vlog series where Shaley Hoogendoorn has real conversations with brave SheLovelys who are willing to share their experience living with a mental illness. We live in a time where one in four people struggle with a mental health disorder, so these conversations are very important. We will share ALL the stories—stories of sadness, madness, shame and struggle. The more we talk about hard things like mental health, the better we can understand and walk with and alongside our Sisters in Mental Illness. We can remind each other that our stories are not over yet. Together we can smash the stigma and stereotypes of mental illness, ONE story at a time.

Email subscribers, please click through to the website to watch the video. If you are struggling with any mental health issues, we hope you will reach out and seek professional help.

Shaley Hoogendoorn

Shaley Hoogendoorn

Shaley grew up in Northern BC in her family-built log home with loads of brothers. Her childhood was filled with snow, skates, hockey and huskies. Shaley has always had a small town heart with big city dreams. She is married to Rob and put down roots in PoCo with their smart and sassy tween girls. Shaley has no inner monologue, never follows a recipe and has the biggest hair in any room. Hands down. Shaley invests her heart into her family, her community and her world. She works as an elementary school teacher and an event planner. She is fiercely passionate about helping the next generation become peacemakers and world changers. She brings beauty and order to Women’s Events and everyday life. She believes in sisterhood and women telling their stories without judgement. She follows Jesus and believes that love always ALWAYS wins. Come follow her ramblings on Instagram at @shaley_hoogs and messybeautywithshaley @
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