The pageantry world has saved the lives of the youth, marginalized, and people all across the world — even the life of a contestant herself. After conquering her experiences with postpartum depression, Meranie Rahman, the reigning Mrs. Philippines World, is ready to change her life and the lives of many others. She hopes to do this with her advocacy and platform.
The Philippines’ representative to Mrs. World, Meranie Rahman, has a story to tell herself that will surely inspire others. Like any other human being, this queen is experiencing life trials and having trouble overcoming them. Before she was exposed to pageantry, one of her most challenging obstacles was her postpartum depression.
As an individual new to the world of motherhood, Meranie was overjoyed. She had her son in her arms and tears would run down her face. Her son was truly loved and cherished, but Meranie was suddenly lost. She unexpectedly felt laden in her shoulders and was under the illusion that the world turned upside down.
This was the time Meranie Rahman felt depression clouding into her life, experiencing no sleep and mood swings. Crying for hours due to a feeling of unhappiness, Meranie would ignore her child for hours and stop caring for herself.
With a loving and experienced husband in the medical field, Meranie Rahman was diagnosed with postpartum depression after showing signs in front of her husband. She grew knowledge that this was caused by the hormonal changes within her body and other factors after delivering the baby.
This severe type of depression has led to psychosis, suicidal ideation, and suicidal attempt, even leading numerous celebrities to take on their own lives. Immediately, Meranie Rahman sought help from professionals with counseling and medication. However, none of these worked for her and instead made things worse.
With the support of her husband, Meranie Rahman was referred to participate in a local pageant. Time flew by, and Meranie practiced diligently from walking, posture, posing, and answering questions. As she continued to answer questions with a positive mind, Meranie found the long-lost feeling of enjoyment and positivity.
In those times, Meranie decided to raise awareness about postpartum depression with the certified course she took online. Afterwhich, Meranie established a non-profit organization called “You Are Loved Foundation for Postpartum Depression Awareness.” She has used her voice to reach out to everyone with the media’s help –TV, radio, online, and news media.
The cause Meranie Rahman has raised recently led her recognition from the “Philippines House of Congress and Senate” and “Hawaii State House of Representative” for her philanthropic service. She was vital in the perception of society’s wellness and had interviews, including the “world renowned boxer Senator Manny Pacquiao.”
From a shy individual to an influential personality, Meranie Rahman breaks the misconception of beauty queens. As a philanthropist, Meranie represents herself and everyone that struggles with depression, believing that by “setting up goals and having a positive attitude one can come out of postpartum depression and can become empowered to empower others.”
Meranie will represent her country, Philippines, in the upcoming Mrs. World on November 12 to 21, 2020. Alongside 80 girls, Meranie will continue to promote her cause and spread awareness to the cure that has helped her overcome.
Learn more about Meranie Rahman, her advocacy, and her journey in Mrs. World by visiting her Facebook Page.