When you’re military living overseas, it sure can be overwhelming– the culture, language barrier, and of course the normal stressors that go along with being so far away from family and close friends.
When we moved to Germany almost one year ago, I was in the throws of struggling badly with postpartum depression. We had two kids under two and I had a really tough time adjusting to living overseas, so much so that it affected me as a wife and a mother. I quickly became so depressed that I would lounge in my PJs all day, sit my boys in front of the TV, and just pray that frozen food or cereal would be okay for dinner that night.
Deep down, I knew I was struggling, but I didn’t even know where to begin to ask for help.
Unfortunately, mental illness such as postpartum depression, is viewed as a stigma… which is also a wide range of reasons why moms don’t speak up about struggling with postpartum depression.
I talk about just a few of those reasons in this previous blog post.
After going through my own bumpy ride of PPD, I realized how difficult it can be to access resources when you really need them the most– especially when you move to a different country.
Luckily, being in a military community, resources for mental health can be obtained through a variety of channels as well as connecting with amazing and supportive people. With the help of Kelsey W. Hurlburt, Resource Coordinator in the Kaiserslautern military community, I have listed the various resources that can be helpful for those who may be suffering with postpartum depression…as well as other mental illnesses.
KMC PPA & PPD Resources
Germany Emergency Response*: 112 (fire & medical), 110 (police)
Veterans Crisis Line* (available to dependents 24/7):
From DE #: 00800 1273 8255
From US #: 1-800-273-8255 (opt 1)
From DSN: 118*
Live Chat: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
US National Suicide Hotline* (24/7):
Hospital Services – Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC):
GPS Address: Dr. Hitzelberger-Strasse, 66849 Landstuhl
LRMC Info Desk (24/7):
LRMC Emergency Room:
Mental Health Services:
Landstuhl Behavioral Health (LRMC Ward 1C, directly above Family Practice)
Hours: Walk-in M-F 0730 – 1630, after hours go to LRMC ER to access on-call social worker
Landstuhl Child & Family Behavioral Health (LRMC Ward 1D)
Ramstein Mental Health (RAB – Bldg 2121, 3rd Fl)
Hours: 0700 – 1630, walk-ins OK, after hours call will auto forward, request to be connected to on call mental health provider
Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC)
CIV: 0152-2421 1233; 0152-0266 3352; 0176-6933 3243; 0151-5674 8179
Hours: M – F 0800-2000
KMC Mental Health Resource Guide
Confidential services (no records kept), not intended for emergency/life threatening situations, general counseling only
Landstuhl Post: 0152-2479-2650
Pulaski Barracks/Daenner Kaserne: 0170-369-3292
Rhine Ordnance Barracks (ROB): 0175-601-1985
Sembach Kaserne: 0175-792-3332
Military One Source*
24/7# CIV: 00-800-342-96477
24/7# DSN: 800-342-9647
Hours: 0730 – 1630, after hours call will auto forward, request to be connected to on call Chaplain (walk-ins welcome)
Landstuhl Chaplain (Bldg 3764, 1st Fl, Between 4 Corners Info & Dining Facility)
Hours: 0800 – 1600 (walk-ins welcome)
Parent & Outreach Services (Rhine Ordinance Barracks, Bldg 162)
Hours: M – F, 0800 – 1700
*Indicates US-based service, not located in the Kaiserslautern Military Community
If you reside in the KMC, please share this so the respectable resources can be easily obtained to other mamas that may be struggling in silence.
If you are military in a different area, whether it be overseas or state side and if you would like to contribute to my upcoming Postpartum Health Military Resources Guide, please fill out the form below.
Remember mama, even in your darkest days, you are NOT alone. There is a tribe of mamas out there that know what it’s like and can offer you an abundance of support. We can get through this together!