Climb Out of the Darkness is the annual awareness raising and fundraising event for Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit focused on supporting pregnant and new moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum psychosis and pregnancy depression. Also, Climb Out of the Darkness kicks ass. Just so you know.
You don't necessarily have to climb a mountain, by the way, to join in.
- You can ride a mountain bike on a trail.
- You can do a nature walk.
- You can hike a mountain trail or walk along the beach. You can stand outside and let the sun shine on your face.
No matter what you do, we still call it your Climb, because it is a symbol of your climb out of the darkness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, whether you are a long-time survivor or someone who is still climbing or someone who cares about the health of pregnant and new moms.
Help us raise money so that we can continue to raise awareness of how women are devastated by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, make sure women know what they need to know about PPD, eliminate stigma and support the mamas who need it.
And now to get climbing!
P.S. For anyone taking the time to read this far, I am a Warrior Mom. My picture is here, along with my daughter's, and the rest of my family. I have been battling Postpartum Depression for 19 months, and while I am about 85% recovered, I am not out of the darkness yet. I never expected to become depressed--I thought I would have enough support to help me after surgery and through the first sleep-deprived months. I thought since I had wanted a daughter for so long and finally got what I wanted, that I would just float along on a blissful cloud of Hollywood-like motherhood. I didn't expect to feel so overwhelmed, so completely sleep-deprived and unable to bounce back, and finally, so alone when I fell face first into the deep, dark well of depression. And once I realized that's where I was, I didn't expect not to want to ask for help, or for there to be so few resources available once I did. Postpartum Progress was vital for finding information on my own symptoms, what treatment options were available, where I could try to look for services locally, and most important, for stories of other Warrior Moms that I read over & over, just to know that I wasn't alone and I wasn't losing my mind. After having the chance to meet and talk to so many other Warrior Moms through this fundraising effort, I realize just how widespread the stigma still is when talking about these illnesses, and how few resources are truly available to those who suffer. Please take a moment to offer whatever amount you can afford, because when it's 1 in 7 women who suffer, the next one could be someone you know. Thank you so much for helping spread awareness and keep this vital organization going for others!