PEOPLE - WE HAVE A NEW CLIMBER!!
April 18, 2016
If you are not familiar with my experience, here's the short version: Back in 2003 I became pregnant with Nick just after a miscarriage, and began to experience crushing anxiety and depression. With help from my OB, our pediatrician, my therapist, medication, and wonderful support from my husband and family, all ended well. But it was hard to find any MOMS who would talk about this, and as yet there were no websites about PPD - it was hard to find anyone out there like me. Once I recovered, I became determined to share my experience so that other moms would know they could get better too. I now volunteer locally for Postpartum Depression Alliance of IL, nationally for Postpartum Progress (as a 'Warrior Mom Ambassador'), and advocate for awareness of postpartum mood disorders.
And how about some numbers, you say? Every year in the United States around 4 million babies are born to 4 million moms, and at least 15% of those moms will suffer from postpartum mood disorders. Every year Postpartum Progress will be more in need than ever for around 600,000 women who find themselves plunged in darkness and who have no idea why, or where to go for help. We exist because we know that without help the long-term health of both mom and baby is negatively impacted. We can prevent that.
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) We can’t wait for Climb Out of the Darkness 2016, to be held Saturday, June 18th at 9:00 am. Mark your calendars!