Desiree Fortin, a mom from Encinitas, CA, has had her fair share of mental health struggles since becoming a mom to her three triplets. But rather than keep her challenges to herself, Desiree opened up about her anxiety and battle with postpartum depression in the hopes of helping other moms feel less alone.
And apparently, the idea worked. She banded together with several other moms to launch an Instagram campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the mental health issues mothers deal with, but don't often talk about. She dubbed the campaign "Dear 1 in 5," honoring the fact that one out of five new mothers struggle with their mental health.
"Being on medication to help me does not make me a bad mom. It makes me a good mom."
"When my triplets were born I struggled deeply with postpartum depression and anxiety," Desiree told POPSUGAR. "I have never struggled with mental health until I became a mother. I was so ashamed of myself and because of my struggles. I felt unworthy, ashamed, not good enough, and incredibly lonely."
She added that: "However, I eventually got help and made the changes to be healthier version of myself, but it has been three years since my triplets were born and I still struggle with anxiety. Being on medication to help me does not make me a bad mom. It makes me a good mom because I am doing what I need to do to help me be the best mom I can be."
Desiree hopes that by sharing her own story, other parents who are afraid to address their mental health issues will finally have the confidence to make a doctor's appointment.
"I knew this project would be very impacting having these other brave mamas stand beside me and share there letters of to 1 in 5 as well," she explained. "We all shared such honest and hard truths in each of our letters and if just one person is encouraged to know they aren't alone, to get help and make the changes needed then that makes vulnerability absolutely worth it."
Scroll through to see each mom's heartfelt letter, and see exactly what they've overcome.