The annual Climb Out of the Darkness walk will take place this year on Saturday June 22 at 10 a.m. at Mill Creek Park Pavilion 1. Climb Out of the Darkness is the world’s largest event raising awareness of pregnancy and postpartum mental health disorders, and regional events are sponsored simultaneously all across the country.
This is the second year for a Statesboro location of the international organization. Funds raised will go directly to help moms and dads find support, to train practitioners treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) and to expand PMADs self-educational avenues for families.
Climb features moms, dads and others joining together to walk, hike or climb to represent the symbolic rise out of the darkness of perinatal mental health crises and into the light of hope and recovery.
“It is an exciting time for Climb Out of the Darkness and a growing awareness worldwide of the mental health needs of new and expecting parents,” said Wendy N. Davis, Executive Director of Postpartum Support International. Davis said the awareness events help unify those suffering, survivors, doctors and therapists in the fight against perinatal mental health complications.
Kim Harris and Michele Martin are again leading the Statesboro team this year. Last year when speaking of the inaugural event for Statesboro, Harris said, “Given that one in seven women and one in ten men suffer from a mood or anxiety disorder during or after pregnancy, raising awareness of perinatal mental health complications holds enormous implications for our community.
“Too many mothers suffer in silence, maybe knowing something isn’t right, maybe not. Their experiences are real, but they are also temporary and treatable with professional help.”
“We wanted to have a walk here because we want local moms and families to know that their experiences matter,” said Harris. “To know that they are not alone and that they are not to blame. Perinatal mental health is important to talk about and to address, and this Climb is a way to do that.”
The community is invited and encouraged to participate in the fundraising walk. For more information, contact Harris at 334-744-1730 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested persons may also contact Martin at email@example.com.