Worldwide Event Raises Awareness of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
Postpartum depression (PPD), the most common complication of childbirth, affects one in seven women each year. To raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, the public is invited to join “Team Lincroft” on June 28 at 10 a.m. at Thompson Park in Lincroft to support Climb Out of the Darkness, the world’s largest event to support this cause.
Sponsored by The Center of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders at Monmouth Medical Center, proceeds for the local Team Lincroft climb will support Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit organization that supports moms around the world. Climb Out of the Darkness, held on June 28 in locations throughout the country, is the annual awareness raising and fundraising event for Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit focused on supporting pregnant and new moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum psychosis, and pregnancy depression.
According to Team Lincroft’s group leader Lisa Madden, RN, CCE, childbirth and parenting education manager, Monmouth Medical Center who also leads Monmouth Medical Center’s Postpartum Support Group, “Our goal is to make more people aware of PPD and for women to know there’s no shame and no stigma to come forward and ask for help.” Lisa recently joined a Climb Out of the Darkness contingent from the tri-state area who was in the audience for the Today Show featuring a performance by singer David Gray, whose “Back In The World” is the theme song for Climb Out of the Darkness. Also in the audience was Katherine Stone, founder of Postpartum Progress, along with a group of PPD survivors who held signs that said “I’m back,” signifying their recovery from postpartum depression.
To support Team Lincroft’s climb, contact Lisa Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders at Monmouth Medical Center offers treatment by certified postpartum mood and anxiety disorder treatment specialists. Services include in-person and online support groups for new moms and babies; prescribing and monitoring medication; individual and couples counseling; and family therapy for new dads. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 732-923-6500, option 4.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey’s largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/monmouth.