Climb Out of the Darkness® is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and OCD, postpartum post-traumatic stress, postpartum psychosis, perinatal bipolar mood disorders, and pregnancy depression and anxiety.
Climb Out of the Darkness® is held on or near the longest day of the year annually to help shine the most light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The event features mothers, fathers, and others across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of perinatal mental health crises and into the light of hope and recovery.
PSI is excited to launch Climb Out of the Darkness (COTD) 2017 and honored to continue this wonderful event. We have collaborated with many to host a Climb built on the great work done by Postpartum Progress, Inc, and Climb Leaders through the years. PSI has developed a new process by which local groups can receive most of the money they raise, as well as welcoming all who are not affiliated with a local group, but want to contribute to perinatal mental health support in underserved communities.
Help us shine the light of hope with our words and advocacy so that our fellow mothers and fathers receive better information and better treatment, and new families will get off to the healthy and strong start they deserve. If you have questions or would like to lead or join a Climb, or become a Climb sponsor, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you’ll join us and register for Climb Out of the Darkness
If you have more questions, check out our COTD 2017 FAQs
Climb Leaders have already created teams, and you can join a team, or start your own on the Climb 2017 Crowdrise site.
Many of our Climbers choose to fundraise, but it is not a requirement. However, for those choosing to raise money, you can be confident that all of the funds go to support and develop deserving projects and programs in communities around the world.
Here’s how the money flows in COTD 2017:
The money collected for the Climb will be placed in a separate account with PSI and it will be dispersed in three different ways. We are happy to announce the formation of the Perinatal Action Fund, created by the transfer of funds after the closure of Postpartum Progress, Inc. The Perinatal Action Fund was developed to provide funds for underserved populations within the perinatal mood disorder community.
Individuals, friends, or other sponsors who have a Climb event to raise awareness and support for perinatal mood disorders: 50% of money raised will go into the Perinatal Action Fund and 50% will go to PSI to support their many programs that help families and educate providers around the world.
Organizations or groups that organize a local Climb with their members: You will receive 75% (after administration fees) of the money they raise for an approved project involving perinatal mood disorders. The group will have a chance to register when they start a page on Crowdrise, and there is no requirement that they have a 501c3 organization. Money will be sent to the group within 8 weeks of the close of the Climb. The additional 25% (after administration fees) will be placed into the newly formed Perinatal Action Fund developed to provide funds for underserved populations within the perinatal mood disorder community.
PSI chapters: Climbs organized by a PSI State Chapter will have all of their Climb funds returned to their individual state chapter account, minus Crowdrise admin fees. These funds from the Chapter-organized climb will be included in the regular Chapter fees at year end. Write to email@example.com for more information about PSI Chapters. You’ll find your PSI Chapters here.
Every dollar helps, and we appreciate the fundraising and awareness-raising efforts made by all! Every Climber who raises $100 receives a free t-shirt.