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Welcome to Team Charlotte's Climb out of the Darkness site. My name is Rachel and besides having the privilege of being mum to four including 2 of the four-legged kind, I am a psychotherapist who specializes in Reproductive and Maternal Mental Health.  I am very excited to once again lead Team Charlotte, NC. 

Climb out of the Darkness is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental health illnesses. Survivors of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, family members, friends, mental health and medical professionals, advocates, educators and many more all over the world hike, walk or climb at a local mountain or park to symbolize the collective rise out of the darkness as well as raise funds for Postpartum Support International(PSI). This organization strives to erase the stigma associated with postpartum depression and anxiety  disorders, educates and provides trainings for providers as well as families dealing with some form of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. 

  I was  so humbled and energized by our generous donors last year whose donations went a long way in funding programs for mothers and families in our local communities.  The climb I hosted at Matthews Squirrel Park was such an enjoyable event.  This year, my goal is to raise $10,000. I believe that there are very kind donors/sponsors around the globe and in our city, who will help me reach this goal.  Educating and providing support and therapy for women and their families suffering from some form of maternal mental health issue is something very close to my heart.  As the vice-chair of the North Carolina chapter of PSI  I get to see firsthand the outreach and invaluable services that this organization offers on a daily basis and I am committed to go the distance with your help to raise as much as I possibly can to help shed more light on this issue. Postpartum depression is the #1 complication after childbirth, 1 out of 3 women of color will suffer from some form of Perinatal Mood Disorder and though many men do not talk about their emotions, statistics show 1 in 10 dads will experience depression and /anxiety postpartum. 

May is recognized as Maternal Mental Health awareness month. With that in mind this year's climb in Charlotte will be held in May over the weekend (Saturday) of Mother’s day. It’s a perfect way to start this special weekend by bringing your mother, grandmother, godmother, aunt or best friend to the walk.  Honor your mother or special woman in your life by donating an amount to this wonderful cause.  

Please consider joining my team (or making a donation) for this event on Saturday, May 12th at 10.00am.  We will initially meet at Shelter #6 at  Freedom Park, Mahlon Adams Pavilion, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 and after some refreshments we will do a one-mile walk in honor of the courageous mothers who have come out of the darkness. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. 

There will be several prize giveaways as well as some fun activities for the kids. 

Please register on this site if you plan to attend by clicking "join the team".  Registrations are free.

This event will take place rain or shine.

   100% of the money raised goes directly to our state PSI chapter
          (minus Cause-Vox admin fee

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