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.
Why is Good Beginnings Hosting a Climb®?
Every day, Good Beginnings sees families who are facing a variety of challenges in their transition to parenthood – regardless of having a specific mental health condition or diagnosis. We are hosting a Climb Out of the Darkness® to help shine a light on the fact that postpartum mood and anxiety disorders are the most common complication of childbirth – and often go undiagnosed. Our Climb will also raise funds to support Good Beginnings’ unique and critical work to support all Central Vermont families during the perinatal period and throughout the transition to parenthood.
How Can I Help?
1. Climb with us on June 23rd! See below for how to join the climb.
2. Donate to our Climb. Your donation will help fund GBCV’s unique and critical work here in Central Vermont, as well as PSI’s programs to support the mental health of new parents worldwide.
If you have been affected by perinatal mood or anxiety disorders, or if someone you love has been affected, please come join us on the 23rd. All are welcome, regardless of whether you intend to donate or fundraise*.
*PSI asks that all participants create an individual Causevox page, even if you don’t intend to fundraise. This is how they measure the impact of this global event!*
About Our Climb®
The Central Vermont Climb will take place on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018. Choose between *two different climb locations* based on what is right for you and your family. Good Beginnings staff will be present at both locations.
How to Join Our Central Vermont Team
All Climb participants must create a Causevox profile. Your Causevox profile also enables you to fundraise on behalf of our Climb – fundraising is optional though!
Go to the Central Vermont team page on Causevox and click “Join Team”
You’ll be prompted to set up your own Causevox profile. This will serve as your own personal fundraising page that you can share on social media and send to friends and family members.
Make sure to:
- Include your tee shirt size (free for anyone raising over $100)
- Keep the default ‘end date’ of 11PM on June 23
- Select ‘Partner’ as your affiliation with the Climb
Don’t forget to upload a photo and share why this issue matters to you!
Click ‘All Done,’ and your profile should now appear on the COTD Central Vermont team page. You can go back and edit any of these details later.