In the wake of the death of a 32-year-old New Westminster new mother, The Pacific Postpartum Support Society is calling for more provincial resources to help women suffering from the condition.
32-year-old Florence Leung’s body was found in the water near Bowen Island on Tuesday. She was believed to be suffering from PPD.
Support counselor Kerry O’Donahue says while support programs through B.C. Women’s, Royal Columbian, and other hospitals mental health units do get funding, their resources are fully engaged and wait lists remain a problem.
“There’s usually a wait list but you can get seen right away at the emergency, possibly the family doctor can advocate for them to be seen sooner.”
Her own society also receives partial government funding, but she says in recent years they’ve been forced to reduce service.
“Our hours are fairly limited,” she said. “We’ve had to cut back because of lack of funding.”
O’Donahue says the society used to run six days a week, but now it runs five days a week with limited hours.
Leung disappeared more than three weeks ago, and her car was later found near Prospect Point in Stanley Park.
She had given birth to a son about two-and-a-half months prior, and friends said soon after she underwent a sudden change.
An intensive search of the park involving police, North Shore Rescue and family members failed to turn up any trace of her.