Perhaps like many of you, the arrival of my first son in 2007 was anything but the joyous experience I anticipated during my pregnancy. I was one of the 15% of new or pregnant moms who experience postpartum depression, anxiety, psychosis or other related mood disorders. One day in despair, looking for answers and support, I stumbled upon a blog. In addition to an effective treatment plan, finding Postpartum Progress (www.
postpartumprogress.com) and the resources there helped me to heal.
Postpartum Progress was there for me when I needed it, and I want to help them reach even more pregnant and new moms. I am proud to be participating in the first worldwide event to raise awareness of postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to childbirth, called Climb out of the Darkness. 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 our collective rise out of the darkness and stigma of these diseases as well as to raise funds to help support Postpartum Progress, Inc., a non-profit organization in the U.S. founded to help sustain the blog and create new programs that support moms around the world.
As of today, there are more than 80 different Climbs that will take place in the US, Mexico, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, including mine in Georgia. The funds raised from this event will be specifically used for two purposes: Postpartum Progress, Inc. (a 501(c)3 public charity, federal tax ID 27-3100405) is creating new PPD 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.
Supporting my Climb is quick and easy. You can donate online at my Crowdrise fundraising site at http://www.crowdrise.com/po
If you aren't able to offer a financial donation, there are still ways you can help...
~Promote the event by sharing the link to my Climb page with others whom you think might be interested.
~Share the Postpartum Progress and Beyond Postpartum blog links with women/men of child-bearing age. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders don't discriminate and I'm certain that whether you realize it or not, someone right now might actually be suffering and this information could save lives.
~Offer prayers for the fundraiser, the increased awareness, and the effective treatment for those who are/will suffer a PMAD. I'd also appreciate specific prayers for the Climbers on the day of the event, June 21st.
~Write a little note or email to someone you know who is surviving or has recovered from PPD or a related disorder. Let them know how proud you are of them and remind them how much they mean to you, their family, and the world. Words of support, even years after recovery, really are a salve to the grief and guilt the most PPD Survivors experience long after their children are past infancy.
~Join me in Atlanta on the Climb day as L2 and I take a little hike up Stone Mountain in support of this effort and as a reminder of my personal journey out of postpartum depression and anxiety. (see more info below)
ATLANTA FRIENDS...PLEASE JOIN ME!!!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plan to meet in the parking lot that morning.
*Postpartum Progress has put together a great list of FAQs: http://www.postpartumprogress.
Please help me to help new mothers all over the world heal quickly from what is actually the most common complication of childbirth.