Fredericksburg area moms, along with their families and supporters, participated in Climb Out of the Darkness to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illnesses.

“This was the second year Fredericksburg participated in Climb Out of the Darkness,” said Emma Rinker of Climb Out of the Darkness – Team Fredericksburg. “Team Fredericksburg had 34 registered participants who raised $2,268. Moms, along with their children and supporters, met at Old Mill Park and took a one-mile walk along Heritage Trail.

The Fredericksburg event was one of 180 Postpartum Progress’ fourth annual Climb Out of the Darkness events. They’re focused on reducing the shame and stigma associated with maternal mental health disorders such as postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and psychosis. “These conditions are the most common complication of childbirth, affecting at least one in seven new mothers,” said Postpartum Progress.

For more information, contact Emma Rinker at [email protected]

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