Women throughout Hampton Roads and elsewhere around the world are geaering up to participate in the 2nd annual Climb Out of the Darkness event to raise awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, OCD and psychosis.
Postpartum depression, which affects 1 in every 7 women, is the most common complication of childbirth.
On June 21, PPD survivors all over the world are coming together to climb or hike a local mountain or park to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and stigma of maternal mental illness.
Funds raised during the event will help support Postpartum Progress, a non-profit organization in the U.S. founded to help support moms around the world.
So far, more than 100 different climbs have been organized throughout the US, Canada, England, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, including a local Climb at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach at 9 a.m.
Moms and others who'd like to join the local climb are encouraged to register here: https://www.crowdrise.com/jennpicinich-cotd2014/fundraiser/jennpicinich
Registration is free.