Doing the Walk again- 2017
June 22, 2017
BENEFITING: POSTPARTUM PROGRESS
EVENT DATE: Jun 18, 2016
Hello friends & family-
As most of you know, in late 2012, I was hospitalized due to severe postpartum depression and anxiety. Participating in this climb was a turning point in my recovery from this terrifying mental illness. I would like to once again ask for your support as we again take part in this amazing event in order to help other women who experience this very difficult time.
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, 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. 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.
1. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression are temporary and treatable with professional help.
2. 15-20% of all women will get a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder like postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety. That’s 1 in every 7 each year – nearly 1 million -- more than the number of women who will get breast cancer each year.
3. While pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety are common, they aren’t normal. They are real illnesses that require treatment from a healthcare provider.
4. Postpartum Progress (http://postpartumprogress.org) is a national nonprofit that raises awareness of maternal mental health and provides support for pregnant and new moms struggling with it. It is a patient-run and patient-focused organization, and is the premier voice for moms with maternal mental illness.
5. Climb Out of the Darkness is the world’s largest event raising awareness of postpartum depression, anxiety, psychosis and pregnancy depression. It is hosted by Postpartum Progress and mothers around the globe each year on or near the Summer solstice, the longest day, to help shine a light on maternal mental illness. In 2015, there were more than 2,500 registered participants with 150 teams raising more than more than $240,000 for Postpartum Progress.