Becoming a mother was a huge shock for me, and not just in the good way. I felt surprisingly bad at it and I found myself saying stuff like, “New motherhood is like heartbreak; everyone says it’s hard but until you actually go through it, you have no idea how hard it can be.” I was rocked to my core. If I had known about Kathrine Stone and her work with Postpartum Progress when my firstborn was an infant, I might have felt the support of other Warrior Moms going through their own challenges. I would not have felt so alone.
So I am thrilled to share news of this event with you: Climb Out of the Darkness is the annual kickass awareness-raising and fundraising event for Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit that supports new moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum psychosis and pregnancy depression. And it’s getting bigger and bolder each year.
Join mothers and others across the globe as we Climb Out of the Darkness to raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and provide support to pregnant and new moms. On June 21st, 2014 –- the longest day of the year –- we will climb mountains and hike trails to represent our symbolic rise out of the darkness and into the light of hope and recovery. Climb Out of the Darkness is the world’s largest event raising awareness of postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, postpartum bipolar disorder, and pregnancy depression and anxiety.
You don’t necessarily have to climb a mountain to join in. You can ride a mountain bike on a trail, do a nature walk, walk along the beach. You can stand outside and let the sun shine on your face. Register to climb and support all the climbers >>
If you feel like a terrible mother or that something feels wrong with your new life, YOU are not alone. There are gobs of local and online resources waiting to be discovered through PostpartumProgress.com and the non-profit wing, PostpartumProgress.org. Both were founded by Katherine Stone, mom, survivor of postpartum OCD. Hers is the world’s most widely read blog on PPD and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Check out the plain mama English symptoms of postpartum depression & anxiety. Figure out what you need to feel better.
Every day will NOT be rainbows and unicorns, but you can find a better place. I promise.
Wondering if you have Postpartum Depression? One in every seven women gets a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder like PPD. You have done nothing wrong. You are not weak, or selfish, or a bad mom. You just have an illness that many women get, and you can get better with help from a healthcare professional. Learn about PPD and more.
[Images from PostpartumProgress.org]