Janette Harris Phillips via Crowdrise
June 13, 2014
BENEFITING: POSTPARTUM PROGRESS
EVENT DATE: Jun 28, 2014
On June 28, 2014, I will be joining the other local Warrior Moms and support people in the annual Climb Out of the Darkness.
What is Climb Out of the Darkness? 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.
Many, many other groups will be participating by "climbing" on June 21st, which is the longest day of the year, in a symbolic climb out of the darkness and into the light of hope and recovery. Our Climb will be the following week, but will still represent the same rising above the trials of PPD and honoring our collective and individual progress from the darkness into the light.
How can I support the Climb Out of the Darkness? There are many ways you can support the Climb, Postpartum Progress, and moms. You can donate. You can join a Climb by registering and fundraising. You can participate in a local Climb or start one of your own. If you do choose to paricipate- please, please (no...really, please!) Go HERE to register!
Most importantly, you can raise awareness.
How? By sharing information with others, by speaking out, by caring about maternal mental health. No mom should suffer alone in the dark!
Where will my money go if I donate? The money raised will be used to provide free educational materials in obstetrician and pediatrician offices, to fund Postpartum Progress' programs- including thier our award-winning blog and private support forum for struggling moms, and to advocate for better support, less stigma and increased services for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Why are you paricipating in the Climb Out of the Darkness? I am a survivor of postpartum depresson and anxiety. I was very blessed to have access to lots of resources in my area when I was struggling. I found a community of support right away and was never alone in my battle. I know that there are far too many moms who don't have the same resources or support that I did. I am passionate about making sure that every mom gets the help that they need and deserve. I am happy to lend my voice and my story to the effort to raise awareness and funds to this cause that had such an impact on me and my family.
Last year my support network rallied behind me and I raised an amazing amount of money. My family, friends, and local supporters donated a total of $800 in 2013!! That put me in the top 10 for fundraisers in the country! Even more importantly, I was able to shed the shame that I had felt in keeping my struggle with PPD. It was such a wonderful experience to walk in the light.
I hope to raise even more money this year and bring more attention to this worthy cause. If you can help by raising awareness, or even by donating, you will be honoring the millions of women who have had to struggle with this devestaing illness- including me.