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Climb Out of the Darkness

ClimbOutcollage2013Sunshine. Nature. Exercise. Triumph.

Join mothers and others across the globe as we Climb Out of the Darkness™ to raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and provide support to pregnant and new moms.  On June 21st, 2014 – the longest day of the year – we will climb mountains and hike trails to represent our symbolic rise out of the darkness and into the light of hope and recovery. Climb Out of the Darkness is the world’s largest event raising awareness of postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, postpartum bipolar disorder, and pregnancy depression and anxiety.

Millions of women throughout history, and even still today, have had to climb out of the darkness of maternal mental illness all on their own. There was no support. No information. They didn’t know what was happening to them. They were convinced they were all alone. They were met with shame and stigma and judgment from others. Now Warrior Moms are joining forces to prevent that from continuing to happen. We can’t stand for it. We won’t. Maybe you have kicked one of these illnesses yourself, or you are in the grueling process of doing so.  You have climbed a metaphorical mountain of the highest heights.  Maybe you are a friend or family member who has seen how postpartum depression and anxiety can hurt new families. Maybe you just happen to believe that every family deserves a strong start. Join us in a much easier climb to raise awareness and ensure that Postpartum Progress will be there for women all around the world when they are in the darkness.  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 families will get off to a healthy and strong start. 

In 2013, our very first Climb Out of the Darkness had 177 participants in 40 states and 7 countries who raised $40,000 for Postpartum Progress. So far, our 2014 Climb has more than 1,000 participants and we have 100 private family Climbs and 115 team Climbs in 40 states and 6 countries  – being held in places like New York City, Raleigh, Austin, Boston, San Diego, Toronto, London, Melbourne, Luzern, Denver, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Charleston, Houston and many more — and the Climb is still growing. We are so excited at how this event has grown, and we know it’s thanks to the leadership of so many mothers who have decided to stand up for maternal mental health.

To register for the event (registration is free) –> REGISTER HERE

To join a group Climb, check out our list of Climbs around the world and follow the instructions to join any one of them –>    SEE OUR CURRENT LIST OF CLIMBS HERE 

To find answers to your questions about Climb Out of the Darkness –> CHECK OUT THE CLIMB OUT OF THE DARKNESS FAQ HERE

 

“I can’t say enough! When I asked for contributions the feedback from my friends/family who didn’t know the extent of what I went through was very encouraging too.”

 

“I am thrilled to bring more awareness to my own community, and I will do anything you need to achieve that. Thank you for all that you do. I was very proud to be a part of this Climb!”

 

“What surprised me the most was the responses I got from friends/neighbors who went through PPD/PPA but never talked about it!” 

 

“Climb Out gave me a reason to feel proud of all I have been through, instead of ashamed.”

 

brainstorming or decision questionsWHAT: An event that shines a light on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Climb a mountain. Hike a trail. Get out in nature and celebrate maternal mental health. If you’re a survivor, celebrate your triumph. If you’re struggling, honor that struggle. Let’s make sure moms get the information and support they need.

WHO: Anyone who cares about maternal mental health, wants to raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and wants to support the work of Postpartum Progress. All are welcome. You can choose to climb by yourself, climb with just your family, or join a group climb.

WHERE: All around the world. This is a grassroots event. Anyone can host a Postpartum Progress Climb Out of the Darkness event.  We list all of the Climbs here, and are adding new ones daily.

WHY:

  • Because more women will suffer from postpartum depression and related illnesses in a year than the combined number of new cases for men and women of tuberculosis, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, and epilepsy.
  • Because only 15% of the million women who get these illnesses in the US alone each year ever get treated.
  • Because suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the first year postpartum.
  • Because there’s very little funding to raise awareness, and most of the time we’re not even on the women’s health radar screen.

Climb Out of the Darkness participants raise an average of $100 each to support Postpartum Progress in the fight against stigma, shame, confusion and lack of help. Funds raised provide:

  • Free educational materials in obstetrician and pediatrician offices
  • Programs like our award-winning blog and private support forum for struggling moms
  • Advocacy for better support, less stigma and increased services for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

JOIN US! Registration is free. We’d love to have you as part of our team!

 

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