Dozens of people came out Saturday for a fundraiser to help motherss suffering from post-partum depression, and let them know that they’re not alone.
The event called Climb Out of the Darkness was held at Esquimalt’s Macaulay Point Park, with similar climbs held around the world. One in seven women will suffer from some type of maternal mental illness, so organizers say it’s important to come together, fight stigma, and give women some much-needed support.
“As a mom you’re supposed to be having the happiest time of your life but it isn’t necessarily and there’s a lot of shame and a lot of hurt behind those feelings, so it’s really important for events like this to let people know that they’re not alone,” said organizer Kelly Denison.
‘Climb Out of the Darkness’ is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses such as postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD.