Climb Out of Darkness

Orchid Heights Park
3960 Valley Ridge Road
Middleton, WI 53562
United States

Event Description:

Postpartum Progress Holds Fourth Annual Climb Out of the Darkness ® June 18 in Middleton


Climbs held worldwide to raise awareness of maternal mental health disorders

Middleton, WI, June 18, 2016 - Climb Out of the Darkness®, the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental health disorders, will hold a regional Climb in Middleton on June 18. Survivors of postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, OCD and psychosis from all over the world – dubbed Warrior Moms – climb, hike or walk together at a local mountain or park to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness as well as to raise funds for Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit organization and online community of support resources for women around the world.

 All moms, families and friends are invited to participate in their local

Climb Out of the Darkness® to be held at Orchid Heights Park in Middleton on June 18 at 10:30am - 1:00pm. Participants must register prior to the event at Sponsorships from local businesses are also being accepted. Please contact local Climb Leader, Kat Schuknecht, at 608-217-3034 or for more information on sponsorships that will help support the Climb.

“Since founding Postpartum Progress in 2004, I continue to be in awe of how many lives we’ve touched and how many advancements we have made in awareness about these health issues,” said Katherine Stone, Founder, Postpartum Progress. “Each and every one of our Warrior Moms is an inspiration. This Climb event lets us celebrate them – and empower them – while reaching out to new moms who may be suffering. Every single day, we are one step closer to erasing the stigma associated with postpartum depression and anxiety disorders. It’s these powerful women who are making a difference.”

This is the fourth annual Climb Out of the Darkness®, always held around the longest day of the year to shine the most possible light on maternal mental illness. In 2015, more than 2,500 participants joined Climbs in 45 states and five countries around the world, up from 200 participants in the inaugural 2013 Climb.

The 2016 goal is to raise more than $300,000 to support Postpartum Progress, and as of June 12 $236,370 has been raised. As of now, Team Wisconsin - Madison has 45 registered participants - up from 15 in 2015 - and has raised $2,658 - more than has been raised the past two years the event has been held in Madison. Funds raised from this event will allow the organization to create new educational materials to be used by obstetricians, pediatricians and others, as well as new materials to help educate the media on the public health impact of postpartum depression and related illnesses on mothers and children. Postpartum Progress also supports regional organizations through its grant program, giving a percentage of funds raised by local Climbs to organizations within that community.

To learn more about Climb Out of the Darkness®, visit or contact the local Climb Leader, Kat Schuknecht, at 608-217-3034 or

About Postpartum Progress® 

Postpartum Progress is a nonprofit organization focused on improving awareness of maternal mental illnesses and providing peer support for women who suffer from them. We create innovative programs that connect women to information and help, and we support them through recovery. Climb Out of the Darkness® is the world’s largest event raising awareness for maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, bipolar/peripartum onset, and pregnancy depression and anxiety.


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