Climb Event Information
June 12, 2017
June 24, 2017, 10AM-12PM, Middle Cottonwood Trail, Bozeman
In 2005 I experienced severe postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and postpartum OCD. I survived. Many women do not.
Last year I led my first Climb Out of the Darkness® event to raise awareness and funds for postpartum mood disorders. This year I am helping a group coordinate a climb in the Gallatin Valley. My Co-coordinator Amber Campanelli will be on-site at the event to be your climb leader. I have also chosen to fundraise to keep some of the money raised here in the state of Montana. (Please note that donating is not necessary to participate in the climb event). After living here in Montana for over a year now, it has become abundantly clear that mental health resources are lacking in general, making resources for postpartum mood disorders almost non-existent.
This year Postpartum Support International (PSI) is has taken on the task of launching Climb Out of the Darkness 2017. PSI is a wonderful organization committed to advocating, educating and supporting moms and families affected by postpartum mood disorders. I was one of those moms 12 years ago. This year PSI has made it possible for 75% of money raised to benefit local organizations. I am happy to be partnering with Roots Family Collaborative in Bozeman to benefit Montana moms and families in the Bozeman area. To learn more about the organization please visit their website http://www.rootsfamilycollaborative.com
Funds raised through Climb Out of the Darkness® will go towards Roots' re: born events which are offered every 6 weeks. These events provide a safe space for healing by sharing real stories of the transformative effects that birth and the postpartum period have on our bodies, physically and emotionally. It is their hope that the community will feel empowered by having the opportunity to share a vulnerable, intimate, and authentic story to help connect them to the greater human experience.
The format for re: born is a traditional “open-mic” style. Stories need not be rehearsed or perfect little bundles. We are all, by nature, storytellers. The hope is that someone listening might feel moved by another’s story so that they, too, will feel the urge to share and release the story from their body. Everyone is welcome at this free event. There is no obligation to share your story.
Roots Family Collaborative also offers the Blossom Mom Support Group, a Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group and a hiking group. They are also starting an event to gather providers who work with families during pregnancy and postpartum to start the discussion of what the Gallatin Valley community needs and how providers can work together to achieve the best care possible.
Please help draw attention to this important issue in our state. Climb, donate, share, fundraise. Let's show our Montana moms that they matter!
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MONTANA CURRENTLY RANKS #1 IN THE NATION FOR THE HIGHEST SUICIDE RATE. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS TO BECOME A PRIORITY IN OUR STATE.
About Climb Out of the Darkness®:
Climb Out of the Darkness® is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, bipolar/peripartum onset, and pregnancy depression and anxiety.
Climb Out of the Darkness® is held on or near the longest day of the year annually to help shine the most light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The event features mothers and others across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illness and into the light of hope and recovery.
We can’t wait for Climb Out of the Darkness 2017, to be held on June 24th. Mark your calendars! Help us shine the light of hope with our words and our advocacy efforts so that our fellow mothers will receive better information and better treatment, and their new families will get off to the healthy and strong start they deserve. If you have questions or would like to lead or join a Climb or become a Climb sponsor, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.