Climb Out of the Darkness Press Release

ClimboutoftheDarknesspageHead1 crop2nd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness Includes Vancouver Climb on August 9th, 2014

Climb Out Is the World’s Largest Event Raising Awareness of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On August 9th, 2014, women across the globe and right here in Vancouver will be participating in the 2nd annual Climb Out of the Darkness to raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, OCD and psychosis. Postpartum depression, which affects 1 in every 7 women, is the most common complication of childbirth.

PPD survivors all over the world are organizing to climb or hike a local mountain or park to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and stigma of maternal mental illness as well as to raise 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 now the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illness. As of today, there are more than 200 different Climbs (115 team Climbs) and 100 private individual Climbs) that will take place throughout the US, Canada, England, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, including a local Climb at Trout Lake on August 9th at 10am. Moms and others are all welcome to join the local Climb by registering here: https://www.crowdrise.com/pomegranatemidwives-COTD2014/fundraiser/pomegranatemidwives
Registration is free. Moms who are survivors of these illnesses have already raised more than $110,000 for Climb Out of the Darkness 2014 to support the work of Postpartum Progress and make sure new mothers who are struggling will know they are not alone and there is help.

Postpartum Progress (http://postpartumprogress.org) is a non-profit organization and online community of support resources for women experiencing postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Today, half a million women annually are accessing up-to-date information in plain language about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on the Postpartum Progress blog (http://postpartumprogress.com) and, more importantly, are able to hear from other moms who have recovered. The funds raised from this event will allow Postpartum Progress to create new educational materials to be used by obstetricians, pediatricians and others, as well as new materials to help educate the media on the public health impact of postpartum depression and related illnesses on mothers and children.

For questions about Climb Out of the Darkness, visit http://postpartumprogress.org/climb-out-of-the-darkness/cotd-faq/ or email local Climb leader Lehe Spiegelman, lehe@pomegranate-midwives.com

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