2300 climbers. 41 states. 5 countries.
Why do I participate in Climb Out of the Darkness?
Because twice I was in a place so dark and frightening that I didn’t think I would ever find my way back.
Because I went undiagnosed for so long the first time that I barely functioned on a basic level.
Because 1 in 7 women each year find themselves in that dark place.
Because suicide is the second leading cause of death in the first year postpartum.
Because in three years, no one has joined me for my climb. That shows me how far we have to come with awareness and stigma surrounding postpartum mental health. Would it be easier for me to just stop trying? Absolutely. But I will not give up. Mothers are important. Families are important. Warrior moms who are struggling, who we have lost, and who are survivors deserve more. Many of them cannot speak for themselves. I will not be silent.
This is why I climb.