Talking about postpartum depression (and diminishing the stigma around it) is becoming more commonplace as fewer women feel like they should suffer in silence. Struggling with postpartum anxiety, PTSD or depression during pregnancy is a widespread issue for women — and it is daunting, draining, and isolating. Postpartum Progress‘s Climb Out of the Darkness events are designed to offer hope for mothers, daughters, and families whose lives have been touched by these mood and anxiety disorders. Traditionally held on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice (aka the longest day of the year), the Climb will take place this year on June 18th with events occurring all over the United States as well as a few in other parts of the world. And there’s no mountain necessary — the Climb can be a nature walk, a bike ride, or a hike. The idea is simply getting out into the light, enjoying nature, and being part of the world’s largest event raising awareness of postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis and pregnancy depression. You can “climb” solo or with a team, set a goal for raising any amount of money (registration is FREE!), and take the day to honor yourself and others who may suffer or have suffered from maternal mental illness. Postpartum Progress is a nonprofit with extensive programs created to raise awareness and offer education about postpartum and pregnancy-related depression, to provide peer support, and to fight persistent stigma about these issues. The climb can be symbolic or real or both, and it is a powerful and communal way to dispel any darkness surrounding maternal mental illness and take a step into the light.

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