Today we have another charity to introduce to you, Support After Abortion. This is an incredibly important endeavour. Many people suffer greatly after making the decision to terminate pregnancy, for a multitude of reasons. We hand over to them, to tell you more…
Who We Are
Support After Abortion believes mental health rarely fits into a nice, neat box. Our mission is to help women and men find a safe space to explore how they feel after abortion experiences.
We Help With
We provide comprehensive and compassionate resources for women and men who face mental health challenges after abortion experiences.
Terminations are often uncomfortable to talk about as a mental health topic. This is in part because it’s complicated by political, social, and religious entanglements. These factors can also be a barrier that keeps people from seeking the support they need.
In 2021, we conducted two U.S.-centric nationally representative studies to better understand:
- How medication abortions impact women’s mental health.
- How abortion overall impacts men’s mental health.
The results revealed many experience depression, anxiety, flashbacks, and other impacts, but aren’t sure how to find healing. Among the key findings of our research was the revelation that 34% of women experienced adverse mental health effects, as do 71% of men. Additionally, 55% of women and 78% of men who identify as pro-choice said they sought help or could have used someone to talk to.
However, over 80% of people didn’t know of healing options that exist for their unique needs.
What We Do
We provide several key services:
- Developing best practices for providers who offer care for those with abortion experiences. Many people worry their feelings and emotions will be met with dismissal – and a lot of that comes from our cultural approach to abortion. On one side, abortion is met with condemnation and stigmatization, while the other side says they need to “shout their abortion.”
However, our approach calls for meeting people where they are. Some people want a religious approach to healing; most want a secular approach. Some people want in-person support, others want virtual or self-guided Some prefer to be in a group, others prefer one-one-one. . Meeting people where they are encourages openness through emotional safety.
- Raising awareness about the reality of people needing a space where they are understood and can navigate their feelings after abortion. The mental health community, as an extension of the overall culture, often appears dismissive to this need – despite good intentions – because of a general misunderstanding of after-termination experiences.
- Guiding women and men to the help they need. We help clients find the best solutions for each person’s unique circumstances.
Why We Want To Help
The stigma surrounding termination creates the challenge of reaching women – and men – affected by it. That’s why we’ve developed unique programs to allow them a place to heal. Our research found that most people prefer anonymous after-abortion healing options, so our first interaction with those seeking support comes through our Help Line. It’s a resource where many first receive the affirmation that their feelings are valid and they aren’t alone. We then refer these individuals to our network of providers, counsellors, and therapists who are uniquely qualified to address the specific needs of after-abortion healing.
We are funded through the generosity of a small number of large donors and a large number of small donors. We fund research, education, outreach, and awareness activities within a new lane of recognizing terminations as something for which people need a safe space to speak about their experiences and emotions.
Get In Touch
We encourage anyone, including men who have been impacted by abortion to reach out to our Help Line through our website at www.SupportAfterAbortion.com.