Content warning: This story contains mention of postpartum psychosis, harm to children and suicide.
The nation is still reeling after the news broke last week of a Massachusetts mother of three, Lindsay Clancy, who allegedly killed all of her children before attempting to take her own life.
Details of the incident that took place in the seaside town of Duxbury, MA are still emerging, but it has been widely reported that 32-year-old Clancy suffered from severe postpartum-related mental health struggles that may have contributed to the devastating chain of events.
According to the Boston Globe, Clancy, a labor and delivery nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, may have suffered from postpartum anxiety following the birth of her youngest son. In July, she allegedly made social media posts referencing her mental health, indicating that she was “dialed in” and that changing her exercise and nutrition routines “made all the difference.”
In the wake of the tragic news, many mothers are taking to social media to share their own experiences with postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis, citing the urgent need for better healthcare for new moms as well as a bigger conversation about postpartum mental health.