We stomp stigma.
We know how much courage it takes to reach out for help and to share one’s experience with postpartum depression openly. We believe every time a woman shares her story she makes it safer for others to get the help they need. This is why we make it our business to highlight the women who use their voices to speak up about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, because we know it helps stomp out stigma.
The Faces of PPD
One way we do this is with our Warrior Moms Photo Album, featuring the faces of more than 200 moms who’ve survived postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum psychosis and antenatal depression. They represent 43 U.S. states and six different countries.
Into the Light
We also have an annual event called Climb Out of the Darkness, where moms from across the United States and around the world get outside on or around June 21, the longest day of the year*, to hike, climb and stroll to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders into the light of hope and recovery. This event allows Warrior Moms to raise awareness in their own communities and to raise money to support the work of Postpartum Progress.
*in the Northern hemisphere. But hey, we love you Southern hemisphere Warrior Moms, too!
Letters to New Moms
Additionally, we created and host the Postpartum Progress Annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health, which was started in 2009 to bring about greater awareness of perinatal mood & anxiety disorders and the wide variety of experiences faced by mothers who have them. Every year on Mother’s Day, the Postpartum Progress blog posts one letter each hour, on the hour, for 24 hours straight. These letters addressed to pregnant and new mothers are written by survivors of and experts on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, as well as by others who care about the mental health of moms. Many are nationally-recognized, award-winning female bloggers and parenting authors. This 24-hour celebration of the importance of emotional health for new mothers serves annually as new inspiration to struggling moms.