May 09, 2017
On June 24th, I, along with many women and those who love them, will be walking the Bicentennial Greenway as a participant of Climb Out of the Darkness® 2017. The Climb symbolizes the emergence from what is often a dark and harrowing experience for postpartum mothers. Nearly one million women have struggled through a maternal mental illness yet the stigma attached to these conditions prevents many from seeking much needed treatment. It is our hope that participation in Climb Out of the Darkness® will shed light on these often overlooked illnesses as well as raise support for Postpartum Progess, an organization dedicated to creating healthier families.
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.
If you would like to walk with me it is free to register. I encourage you to use the money you would have used as "race fees" and make a donation to Postpartum Support International instead. If you are not able to join me your donations are greatly appreciated. Register to walk or make a donation by clicking https://www.crowdrise.com/enjonaeanderson-COTD2017.
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. If you have questions about the High Point/Greensboro climb, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.