Walk Out of the Darkness 2017 - Terre Haute

I want to share something near and dear to me on the blog today. Myself and a few other friends are organizing an event for the Wabash Valley area to raise awareness on the importance of maternal mental health.
While 80% of women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15-20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. With informed care women can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and can fully recover. There is no reason to continue to suffer. Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. Although the term “postpartum depression” (PPD) is most often used, there are actually several forms of illness that women may experience including Depression, Anxiety, Pregnancy or Postpartum OCD, Postpartum PTSD, Bipolar Mood Disorder, and Postpartum Psychosis. There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help them recover - however many women don't immediately recognize their symptoms or they are brushed off as typical "baby blues." Women may not seek treatment because they feel ashamed or embarrassed. (Source: PPI)
Our mission is to create healthier families, strengthen community, and improve quality of life by raising awareness, reducing stigma, providing social support and connecting mothers to help for maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, bipolar/peripartum onset, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. Together we can promote change in local medical screenings, treatment, and preventative action to allow women to live healthier more productive lives, lower rates of drug, alcohol and domestic abuse and improve childhood care and development. We are seeking to raise awareness about these conditions and to let women know they are not alone.

The event we are organizing is for all ages and kids are welcome! Along the walk, you'll get a chance to interact & share your story and learn more about maternal mental health. We will also have special gift bags for the first 25 people, giveaways, children's activities, vendors, and much more! Please see our event information & schedule below. To stay updated on all the happenings, I encourage you to please join our Facebook Group:

Event Information & Schedule
Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10 AM - 12 PM Salem United Methodist Church - Hillsdale, IN Join us in raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, bipolar/peripartum onset, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. We will be raising funds for 2020 Mom, a national organization focused on closing gaps in maternal mental care through education, advocacy, and collaboration. In addition to providing information for our event, they will be helping us to host a diaper drive. Please bring a package of diapers to our event! All diapers collected will be distributed locally to Wabash Valley pregnancy centers, women's shelters, and other needy organizations. And you'll get an extra entry into our giveaway drawings! Schedule 10 AM – Welcome/Introductions 10:30 AM – Maternal Mental Health Interactive Walk 11 AM – Pictures, giveaways, and closing remarks 11:15 AM – Social time, viewing of vendor tables/information, family activities, food and drinks

Want to walk with us? Sign up below! Or just want to donate? You can do that there too!
Walk Out - Terre Haute, IN (June 24, 2017) on Crowdrise

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