Climb With Us June 20 to Support Moms, Mental Health
This was my reality after the birth of my son in June 2012, a day I had waited many years for, and couldn't have been happier about. Thankfully, I was able to find a solid team of doctors, counselors, support staff, friends, and family to surround me with love, understanding, and help. I was one of the lucky ones - and I am here to invite you to continue this legacy of helping mothers, partners, and families. Let's shine a light on what can be difficult times after baby arrives, or even before.
I proudly invite you to this year's Raleigh/RTP Climb Out of the Darkness walk. Organized by the nonprofit Postpartum Progress, Climb Out is the world's largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis,postpartum bipolar disorder, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. Climb Out is held on or near the longest day of the year annually to help shine the most light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The event features men, women, and children across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illness and into the light of hope and recovery. This year's Raleigh/RTP Climb will be held on Saturday, June 20, on the Lower Bluebird Box Trail in RTP.
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression are the most common complication of childbirth. Fifteen to twenty percent of all women will get a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. That's 1 in every 7, more than the number of women who will get breast cancer. What's more, only 15 percent of those hundreds of thousands of women ever get the treatment they need to fully recover. Climb Out was started in 2013, with 177 Climbers and $40,000 raised. Our 2014 Climb had more than 1,500 Climbers in eight countries and raised $167,000. It was covered by CNN and the New York Times, as well as many local television and news outlets to help raise awareness of PPD.
This year, 15 percent of all fundraising done through the Raleigh team will go to Postpartum Education and Support (PES), our area's primary resource for moms and families struggling with maternal mental health complications. We are also working with the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders, which provides therapy and treatment for mothers in crisis. As a former patient at the Center and PES after the birth of my son in 2012, I personally can say that treatment and awareness are tantamount to keeping families and moms healthy in times of need.
You can help our team in several ways:
- Join us! Walk with us! Our walk is a traditional 5K distance, but strollers, children, and walkers of all ages are welcome to walk whatever part of our climb you can. If you can't attend, join us to "climb" from your couch! The more donations we can raise through members on our team, the more we can help provide important services like call lines and peer-led meetings to moms here, now.
To join our climb:
Visit https://www.crowdrise.com/amandamary-cotd2015 and join our team! There is no pressure to donate or raise a certain amount. Having you on our team is what is most important.
Join us online! For more information and to get involved in our Climb communitiy, find us on Facebook:
- Support - Do you own a business that could help with a small corporate donation (tax deductible!) or by providing a good or service we can use in a raffle? Can you help us with printing promotional materials, or donating items like water for the day of the Climb? Let's get creative - all ideas are great ideas!
Questions? Want to get involved and help with this year's Climb? We want to hear from you!
E-mail team leader Amanda (email@example.com) for more information!
Amanda Cadran is a mom, teacher, student, and survivor of postpartum anxiety and depression. She now volunteers for Postpartum Education and Support and writes about her experiences in her book, Bird in a House. She is honored to be able to lead this year's RTP Climb Out of the Darkness, on behalf of her husband and son, and all families struggling with a mental health crisis.