I remember when I first discovered Postpartum Progress, toward the end of my maternity leave in fall 2009. I devoured that website, trying to make sense of my experience with anxiety after the birth of my son. It was a beacon of light for me and one of the initial steps I took toward feeling better.

It’s years later now, and my involvement with the website has grown, although I no longer have a mood disorder. Now I am an advocate for moms who do. I feel compelled to talk about my experience with postpartum depression and anxiety (obviously, on this blog) and to help educate families about perinatal mood disorders. Doing so helps me make sense of my experience.

One way I’m helping is by joining a fundraising effort by Postpartum Progress, called Climb Out of the Darkness. On June 21, the longest day of the year, I will be walking (not hiking, as I live in one of the flatter parts of NJ) in support of mothers with a perinatal mood disorder. Did you know that 15% of new moms will experience one?

As stated on the FAQ page for the event, the funds raised will be used for two purposes:

One is to create an infographic that correctly represents the prevalence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as its impact on society for use with the media and to raise awareness. The second is for an informational sheet for moms that would be available in doctor’s offices about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and getting help. It can be used anywhere in the world but this first version will be in English — if we raise enough money we will do French and Spanish as well. Since most of the brochures and things handed out to moms, in a word, suck, we’re going to do a kickass version.

On the 21st, you will see me tweeting and posting on Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtag #ClimbOut.

How can you help, you ask? Great question! There are a few ways you can help: First, you can donate to my campaign here (or click the widget below). Any amount is greatly appreciated. Second, you can walk with me! If you’re interested in joining me, please email me at jamesandjax@gmail.com for more info, such as the time and location. Third, you can spread the word! If you do so, please include the link to my campaign.

Thanks for your support!

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