Climb Out of the Darkness®
What is Climb Out of the Darkness®?
This annual, worldwide event is coordinated by Postpartum Support International and is the largest awareness-raising event devoted to perinatal mental health. The Climb brings survivors, providers, and members of the community together, all over the globe, to shine a light on a darkness we often don’t speak about. Together, we gather near the solstice (the longest, brightest day of the year) to share stories of hope and celebrate recovery and to symbolize our ‘Climb’ Out of the Darkness.
Our 2018 Climb
The Central Vermont Climb took place on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Big thank to all 75 climbers, 60+ donors, and of course our generous sponsors: Central Vermont Medical Center, Washington County Mental Health, and the Hunger Mountain Co-op. A special thank you to Vinia Photography, Nutty Steph’s Granola, Berlin Shaw’s, Jazzercise Barre Fitness Center, and Butterfly Bakery of Vermont.
The Listening Wall Project
What helped me through it was…
- My Good Beginnings volunteer.
- The support of family and friends.
- My family’s love.
- Journaling, exercise, medication, family.
- The support from my loves ones. Visits, food, tears, and feeling like I was being heard.
- Having a “mom” friend to share with.
- Having friends I could call.
- Hearing the stories of other folks who have been there.
- Talking to others. No secrets. No shame.
- Using nursing as a break.
- Asking for help.
My biggest challenge was
- Getting through the day knowing it will eventually get easier.
- Not knowing what was happening to me- thinking it was my fault.
- Divorce, surviving PPD.
- My family was not getting along. I felt I was to blame.
- Navigating my traumatic birth experience.
Here’s how I felt:
- Angry. All the time. Especially at my husband.
- Irritated, incapable, bad mom, bad person, failure… exhausted.
- I felt anxious, onely, overwhelmed, guilty, unworthy of being a mom.
- Terrified, lonely, lost, very sad.
- Lost and alone. Broken.
I’m climbing because…
- So more people will know about PPD.
- Not everyone has the support I did.
- No one should suffer alone.
- I went through one of the most difficult times in my life as a new overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, parent, but survived.
- Because I survived, but many do not.
- Of two women- both great moms- who struggled with PPD.
- Motherhood is as hard as it is beautiful!
- For solidarity.
- To support my friends.
- I wish I had reached out. It is hard to reach out. I want to make that easier for others.
- This happened to me after a miscarriage. I was confused and didn’t know why this was happening to me. I am thankful for your organizations support. I wish you had been there all those years ago.