From Climb Out of the Darkness:
Climb Out of the Darkness®, the world’s largest event raising awareness of pregnancy and postpartum mental health disorders, held a regional Climb in (South Orange, NJ) on June 16 hosted by local businesses South Orange Blossoms Therapy and Laid Back Lactation in support of Postpartum Support International.
Women and men who are survivors of postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis from all over the world will walk, stroll or climb together at a local park or hiking trail to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness as well as to raise funds for Postpartum Support International (PSI), a nonprofit organization and online community of support resources for women around the world. Our events are unique from other health walks, because our communities include the people who have suffered from a mental health complication and the doctors, therapists, hospital administrators, researchers and other professionals walking arm in arm. The stakes are high, and we are all in it together. This is the sixth annual Climb Out of the Darkness®, held around the longest day of the year to shine the most possible light on maternal mental illness.
The family-friendly event took place in Grove Park in South Orange and raised nearly $1700 for Postpartum Support International. The Climb was supported by fourteen South Orange and Maplewood businesses in the form of raffle prize donations. For a complete list of supporters, visit https://climb-out-2018.causevox.com/team/soma. Team SOMA will be accepting donations throughout the summer.
“It is an exciting time for Climb Out of the Darkness and a growing awareness worldwide of the mental health needs of new and expecting parents,” said Wendy N. Davis, Executive Director of Postpartum Support International. “Working together, we are improving the safety net for families around the world. This event unifies those suffering, survivors, doctors, therapists, in the fight against perinatal mental health complications. We hope you will join us.”
Money raised by the Climb will support PSI goals to provide funds to local groups and organizations, provide low-cost training in perinatal mood disorders for providers in underserved areas, train law enforcement and legal experts, mentor peer supporters and group leaders, and train primary healthcare providers. To learn more about Climb Out of the Darkness®, visit http://www.postpartum.net/join-us/climbout/ or contact the local Climb Leader, Jennifer Burleson at 973-370-5686 or [email protected].
About Postpartum Support International
Postpartum Support International (PSI), founded in 1987, is the leading organization dedicated to helping women and families suffering from perinatal depression and anxiety disorders. We provide direct peer support to families, train professionals in perinatal mental health assessment and treatment, and provide a bridge to connect families with those specialists. PSI has professional and lay members in every US State and 49 other countries. For more information, visit www.postpartum.net; follow on Twitter at @postpartumhelp or like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PostpartumSupportInternational.
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