Climb Out of the Darkness 2017

On June 24, a hot and humid Saturday morning, we held the 2017 Climb Out of the Darkness. It was our first year hosting the Austin event, and we had a great time!

Climb Out of the Darkness® is an annual event organized by Postpartum Support International that aims to raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), raise money for local and national programs, and bring together families affected by PMADs. Postpartum Support International writes, “The event features mothers and others across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illness and into the light of hope and recovery.”

With the Austin skyline in the background, we set up the event under cloudy skies in Butler Park at Doug Sahm Hill. The kids played with giant Frisbees and blew bubbles while the adults chatted and shared stories. We wondered, will it rain? Just after 9 a.m. as we gathered to start our trek up the hill, it began pouring. Huddling under shared umbrellas and our rain jackets, we listened as Lissa Bentley, Board Member and Program Coordinator, welcomed us to the event. Most of us were soaking at this time, but we made a break for it anyway and ran up the hill. It was an unconventional climb, but it was great fun and very memorable!

Soon after the dash up the hill, the rain lightened up and we made our way to the parking lot where Board Member Donna Kreuzer and her husband Paul passed out pastries. We laughed about the weather and decided the middle of summer may not be the best time of year. The Climb is usually held on the longest day of the year “to help shine the most light” on PMADs.

Were you at the event? Send us your pictures or share them on Facebook. Do you have any thoughts on changing the date or what we can do to improve the event for next year? We’d love to hear from you.

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