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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Regina-produced documentary examines postpartum depression

By PAMELA ROTH, Leader-Post

…In order to increase awareness and provide assistance for those suffering with postpartum illnesses, Paterson, along with friends Carla O'Reilly and Tanis Bird, decided to document their own life experiences into the book, The Smiling Mask.

The book has now been turned into a 40-minute documentary by local filmmaker Dianne Ouellette. A showing of the film will take place at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum March 11.

When Ouellette was approached by the three women about making the documentary, she immediately felt connected to the idea since her sister and stepfather have both battled mental illness.

"It hit home when I read it. I feel for people who fight depression and bipolar or whatever it may be," she said.

It's been nearly four years since Paterson began her battle with postpartum depression, and now she is feeling like a new woman.

She's finally becoming the person she was meant to be — happy and confident, and wants other women who are going through postpartum depression to know they are not alone.

"This affects the entire family," she said. "We want to bring it out into the open so people feel comfortable enough to speak about it and share what they are going through."

The film begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.thesmilingmask.com.

proth@leaderpost.canwest.com

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