2nd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness
Rhode Island’s John Chafee Nature Preserve Climb
June 21, 2014
I’ve written before about my struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety. The first few months after Avery’s birth (the whole first year, really) were the most difficult months of my life. I felt like no one else could possibly understand the feelings I was having. I felt so alone, even in a room full of other new moms.
I know, now, that I was not alone. In fact, Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders affect 1 in every 7 women. It is the most common complication of childbirth.
On June 21st Avery and I will join other PPD survivors and supporters, all over the world, climbing mountains or hiking in local parks to symbolize their rise out of the darkness and stigma of maternal mental illness. We will also be raising funds to support Postpartum Progress, a non-profit organization in the U.S. founded to help support moms around the world.
Climb Out Of The Darkness is the worlds largest event that raises awareness and support for maternal mental illness. This year there are over 100 walks all over the world including the US, Canada, England, Switzerland, and Australia!
The Rhode Island Climb wil be held at the John Chafee Nature Preserve (Rome Point) on June 21, 2014 at 4:00pm. Moms and others are all welcome to join the local Climb by registering here: http://www.crowdrise.com/courtenaypetracca-cotd2014/fundraiser/courtenaypetracca Registration is free. You can also find information on the event on FACEBOOK
Please join Avery and I as we walk to support other moms!! If you’re unable to walk with us, please consider making a donation HERE!
If you are not in Rhode Island and would like to find a Climb near you visit the CLIMB MAP
To learn more about Postpartum Progress, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders visit postpartumprogress.org
If you are suffering from postpartum depression, please know that you are not alone. There are people who can help. Talk to someone! Your spouse, your best friend, a therapist. There is no shame in what you are feeling. It is temporary and treatable!