Climb Out of the Darkness on June 25th :: Raising Awareness for Maternal Mental Health
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) affect 1 in 5 women during the reproductive process and approximately 1 in 10 men who have taken on the fathering role. These disorders include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, and psychosis during and after pregnancy. PMADs are the most common birth complication in the United States, and BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations are even further impacted. Because of this, an organization called Postpartum Support International is working diligently to raise awareness for maternal mental health in the United States and beyond. Part of their awareness and fundraising campaign is an event called Climb Out of the Darkness. Cities around the world will hold individual walks, hikes, or family events all on June 25th, 2022 to provide support, as well as raise awareness and funds.
This year, Baton Rouge will be holding its first-ever Climb Out of the Darkness event. The event is FREE and open to those affected by perinatal mental health, support persons, community advocates, and those interested in learning more. Everyone has a connection with PMAD’s and all are welcome to attend. We hope to create a team of advocates for new families in our community through this wonderful event.
Activities will include live music, craft activities, Espresso Geaux Coffee Truck, family yoga led by Yoga Together BR, and a bounce house. There will also be a family support expo of community resources.
Where: Family Fun Day at Highland Road Park
When: June 25th 2022 9:00am – 11:00 am
Why: Through this event, we hope to remind new families in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas that they are not alone, and that they have a team around them to ensure they will thrive.