I’ve always loved Cat & Nat, the duo from Toronto (my home town) who keep me and millions of moms wildly entertained on Facebook and Instagram with their down-to-earth, real-life, hilarious take on motherhood and all its glorious chaos.
Every mom who’s a fan of Cat & Nat feels like they’re your best friends. They are not afraid to be themselves and it’s so refreshing to see moms being unabashedly real on social media. From vag tans to stray pubes, Cat & Nat are my faves and I know I already said it, but I’ll say it again, they’re freakin’ hilarious and I didn’t think I could love them any more.
Until today after they posted this on their Facebook page:
It’s the story of Allison Goldstein written by her friend, Julie Anne Waterfield. Both were best friends, new moms and neighbours in Alabama but Julie had no idea Allison was suffering from postpartum depression. Tragically, Allison took her own life when her baby was four months old.
In less than an hour, the post went viral with thousands of likes, comments and shares revealing the ultimate mom truth that women want and need to talk about postpartum depression and maternal mental illness and that there is still so much stigma and lack of adequate health care.
Moms poured their hearts out. It wasn’t long before the comment field became an impromptu support group with women offering up their own experiences, advice, and encouragement.
On Saturday September 14th, Allison’s Reach, a maternal mental health foundation created in memory of Allison is holding a free kite festival in Midlothian, Virginia to raise awareness for mental health.
Thank you Cat & Nat for making us laugh each day but also for not being afraid to talk about the serious topic of maternal mental illness that affects 20 per cent of women. I know you saved lives today.
By: Patricia Tomasi