ILOILO City– Climb Out of the Darkness or COTD is the world’s largest event raising funds and awareness for the mental health of new families. In this event, people gather as a community to walk or climb, socialize, and meet fellow survivors, supporters and providers.
COTD is spearheaded by Postpartum Support International (PSI), a US-based nonprofit organization and online community of support resources for women around the world.
In Iloilo, a local climb, which is a first in the Philippines, will be hosted by Postpartum Heroes, a local non-profit organization which aims to increase awareness about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum and provide emotional support to mothers who are undergoing distress.
The Climb is also an effort for suicide prevention in line with World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 and the World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, which also has the theme of Suicide Prevention. The role of the family is emphasized in promoting and modeling mental and emotional wellness in the community since the family is the basic unit of society.
In this event, participants will wall-climb together at Adventure Central to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness.
The Climb will be open for everyone and families are highly encouraged to join. It will be on Sept. 14 at Adventure Central from 1:30 to 5:00 in the afternoon.
“It is an exciting time for Climb Out of the Darkness and a growing awareness worldwide of the mental health needs of new and expecting parents,” said Wendy Davis, Executive Director of Postpartum Support International. “Working together, we are improving the safety net for families around the world. This event unifies those suffering, survivors, doctors, therapists, in the fight against perinatal mental health complications. We hope you will join us.”
Money raised by the Climb will support PSI goals to provide funds to local groups and organizations, provide low-cost training in perinatal mood disorders for providers in underserved areas, train law enforcement and legal experts, mentor peer supporters and group leaders, and train primary healthcare providers.
To learn more about Climb Out of the Darkness, visit http://www.postpartum.net/join-us/climbout/ or contact the local Climb Leader, Kirstin Leigh L. Pareja at [email protected] or visit their Climb Facebook Page, @Climb.Iloilo./PN