On Sunday 22 June 2014 I’m joining with three amazing women that I am so lucky to call friends.
We each had severe post natal illness after the birth of our children but what really brought us together was our passion to get the message out that recovery is possible!
We want to increase people’s understanding of these illnesses.
We can’t change what happened to us and perhaps some would say it would be easier to forget – we disagree! The anguish and pain that we suffered drives us to find purpose in our experiences. It’s also abundantly clear that there isn’t sufficient help out there and this needs to change.
It is estimated that 1 mother a week in the UK loses her battle with post natal illness!
For each of us, losing the battle was a real possibility.
This is personal for us but it’s personal for you too, if you have a sister, daughter or friend who may give birth or become a new parent…
Post natal illness does not discriminate – it can happen to anyone!
We are passionate about challenging the stigma which creates fear of disclosure for many new parents.
Each of our stories is here:
So why Climb Out for Postpartum Progress.
There are numerous reasons but here are a few…
Katherine Stone is FIERCE – she is the Warrior-Mom-In-Chief and started the blog in 2004 – some of us found her blog in the US before we found support closer to home. I became the first UK Mum in the Warrior Moms Photo Album and receiving a personal response from Katherine during my recovery has always stayed with me.
Also half a million women annually are accessing up-to-date information in plain language about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on the Postpartum Progress blog and, more importantly, are able to hear from other moms who have recovered.
In 2011 Postpartum Progress Inc followed it is a non-profit organization and online community of support resources for women experiencing postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. The funds raised from this event will allow Postpartum Progress to create new educational materials to be used by obstetricians, paediatricians 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.
Climb Out of the Darkness is now the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illness. As of today, there are more than 120 different Climbs that will take place throughout the US, Canada, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.
On or around the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, survivors all over the world are organizing to climb or hike to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and stigma of maternal mental illness as well as to raise funds to support Postpartum Progress founded to help support moms around the world.
This is a global issue and we thought it important that the UK showed their support.
So our Climb is on Sunday 22 June at 10:30 and is very “London”!
We’re climbing up the 320 steps at Hampstead Tube Station (the lowest station on London Underground)
Then we’re walking to Wembley Park Tube Station (2 hours+)
And then we travel to Amersham Tube Station (the highest station on London Underground)
If you would like to sponsor us you can do so here.