Grieving Husband Raises Awareness on Postpartum Depression Following Wife’s Tragic Suicide

In 2018, at the age of 36, Ariana Sutton welcomed a healthy baby girl, filling her family with immense joy as it marked the arrival of their first child. However, amidst the happiness, Ariana encountered a common yet often misunderstood challenge faced by many new mothers – postpartum depression.

This condition affects approximately 1 in 10 women who give birth, a fact that is often underestimated. Prior to giving birth to Melody, Ariana had never experienced any mental health issues. Still, after the birth, it became evident that she was having a difficult time adjusting to motherhood.

Tyler Sutton, her husband, a Massachusetts police officer, admitted they were unaware of postpartum depression’s severity at that time. Tyler described returning home one morning and being unable to recognize the person before him. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, they sought help and hospitalized Ariana twice. With medication and treatment, Ariana eventually returned to her happy, vibrant self. Known for her warmth and upbeat demeanor, she was also a dance instructor.

A few years later, Ariana became pregnant again, this time with twins. The family was aware of the possibility of postnatal depression recurring, so they devised a plan and assembled a support team to aid her. However, this time, the symptoms escalated much faster and stronger. Tragically, Ariana took her own life shortly after giving birth to twins, Everly Irene and Rowan Stephen.

Tyler emphasized the importance of seeking help and breaking the stigma associated with mental health struggles. He expressed his desire to change the way healthcare providers approach the topic of postpartum depression when discussing it with expectant parents. Tyler and his family initiated a GoFundMe campaign to raise awareness about postpartum depression and to prevent other families from experiencing similar tragedies.

The loss of Ariana, a young mother of three, left a profound sadness. The hope now is for Tyler to remain strong for his children who will grow up without their mother’s love.

The family urged people to share their story to raise awareness about postpartum depression and the significance of mental health care during and after pregnancy. By fostering a supportive community, they aimed to make it easier for individuals to seek help when needed.

Tyler’s wish was for healthcare providers to add an additional line to their checklist, emphasizing the importance of discussing postpartum depression with expectant parents.

This article serves as a reminder to share the importance of mental health care, especially during the vulnerable period of postpartum, and to create a supportive environment to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Please consider sharing this message with your family and friends on Facebook.

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