BENEFITING: POSTPARTUM PROGRESS
EVENT DATE: Jun 20, 2015
I wasn't able to physically be at the climb this year and I am a little late in promoting my fundraising campaign, but I was there in spirit and donations can be made until the end of the year. Here is why Postpartum Progress is important to me:
As some of you know, when Liam was seven weeks old, I was hospitalized in the behavioral health unit with Postpartum Anxiety and OCD. I was just not functioning and repetive scary thoughts would not leave me alone. I had started an SSRI and was seeing a counselor, but it was not enough. It was the hardest thing I have ever been through and I know it was hard for Dan too.
After my brief inpatient stay and outpatient therapy and then finding a therapist that specialized in perinatal mood disorders, along witht the right med leves, I felt much better. I was connecting with Liam and re-discovering myself and able to parent my beautifuly baby boy.
Reading the Postpartum Progress Blog let me know I was not alone and that it was okay to seek help and it was a huge help in my journey. Some women do not have access to the right healthcare or supportive partners and families, so organizations like this may be their only lifeline and support.
It is important to reduce the stigma of perinatal mood disorders and support new moms and their families!
Postpartum Progress’ 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, postpartum bipolar disorder, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. Climb Out 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. Funds raised support the 501c3 organization Postpartum Progress (http://postpartumprogress.org).