On June 21, women across the globe and right here in Baltimore, Maryland 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.
On June 21st, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, 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 100 different Climbs that will take place throughout the US, Canada, England, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, including a local Climb at Meadowood Regional Park in Lutherville-Timonium, MD on Saturday, June 21st at 10 AM. Moms and others are all welcome to join the local Climb by registering here: http://www.crowdrise.com/lauriesyphard-COTD2014 or by contacting Climb leaders Laurie Syphard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Samantha Dowd (email@example.com). Registration is free.