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.