Hike in Heritage Park helps moms rise out of the darkness

“Warrior Moms” who have survived postpartum depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and psychosis will hike together in Heritage Park June 18 to raise awareness and funds for Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit organization and online community of support resources for women around the world.

Climb Out of the DarknessMoms, families and friends are invited to participate in the local Climb Out of the Darkness, one of many held around the world. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 11 a.m. Participants must register prior to the event at crowdrise.com/stephanieroseman-COTD2016.

“Since founding Postpartum Progress in 2004, I continue to be in awe of how many lives we’ve touched and how many advancements we have made in awareness about these health issues,” said Katherine Stone, Postpartum Progress founder. “Each and every one of our Warrior Moms is an inspiration. This Climb event lets us celebrate them – and empower them – while reaching out to new moms who may be suffering.”

This is the fourth annual Climb Out of the Darkness, always held around the longest day of the year to shine the most possible light on maternal mental illness. In 2015, more than 2,500 participants joined Climbs in 45 states and five countries around the world, up from 200 participants in the inaugural 2013 Climb.

Team Michigan – Metro Detroit has so far raised $4,059; funds from this event will allow the organization to create new educational materials to be used by obstetricians, pediatricians and others, as well as new materials to help educate the media on the public health impact of postpartum depression and related illnesses on mothers and children.

Sponsorships from local businesses are also being accepted. To sponsor the event or learn more, contact the local Climb Leader, Stephanie Roseman, at 248-789-2070 or climboutdetroit@gmail.com.