One in seven mothers suffers from post partum depression. Yes, you read that right. But unfortunately, in the United States, most women suffering go untreated.
Katherine Stone is trying to change that. She’s founded the amazing site Post Partum Progress and is a former sufferer of post partum depression herself. She has created a place that both informs and supports those that are struggling with this disease. (Disclosure: Katherine writes for Babble, and is also a good friend of mine.)
Post Partum Progress is now a non-profit organization, and is currently in the middle of its second fundraiser called “Climb Out Of The Darkness” – and so far has raised over $37,000.
The theme of the fundraiser is to get outside today – the summer solstice, and the longest day of the year – and go for a hike or walk outdoors to celebrate beating post partum depression. Here’s how Katherine describes it on the fundraising page.
On June 21st, the longest day of the year, we will raise money by climbing a mountain or hiking a trail near our homes to represent our symbolic rise out of the darkness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders into the light of hope and recovery.
It doesn’t matter where in the world you live. It doesn’t matter exactly which day you climb or hike. It doesn’t matter if it’s an easy walk or the most strenuous climb. Be part of this event. Get out there with family or friends or even on your own, in the glorious sunshine, and be a part of Climb Out of the Darkness.
The longest day. Sunshine. Nature. Exercise. Triumph.
Today (& tomorrow & the next day) is a very special day. It’s #ClimbOut Of The Darkness Day. 100+ Climbs. 8 countries. SO MUCH JOY.
— Katherine Stone (@postpartumprog) June 21, 2013
There’s still time to donate! And if you suspect that you or someone you love is struggling with post partum depression, here are the possible symptoms in “plain mama english.” Get the help you need!