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Monmouth Medical Center Joins 3rd Annual Global Climb Out of the Darkness


‘Climb Out ‘event at Lincroft’s Thompson Park part of worldwide effort
To raise awareness of maternal mental health disorders

One out of 7 pregnant and new moms will experience Postpartum Depression/Anxiety, yet only 15 percent of them will seek help.

Postpartum Progress, a national non-profit organization focused on vastly improving awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression and providing peer support for the women who have them, will hold the third annual Climb out of the Darkness, the world's largest event raising awareness of all maternal mental illnesses, on June 20s. As part of the Climb, survivors all over the world – dubbed Warrior Moms – are organizing to climb, hike or walk at a local mountain or park to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and stigma of maternal mental illnesses, as well as to raise funds for Postpartum Progress.

The Monmouth Medical Center Climb will be held at Thompson Park in Lincroft at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. Monmouth Medical Center Climb Leader Lisa Tremayne also leads the hospital's Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Program, which is designed to address many different topics and help women to understand that the disorders are not their fault and that they are not alone. The program offer free group support as well as evidence-based psychotherapy, and patients are supported by a multidisciplinary team of experts from psychiatry, nursing and social work and all of our clinicians are certified by Postpartum Support International.

"The Climb Out of the Darkness event is so important to our overall cause and our growing community of Warrior Moms, as it grants both the visibility that they so richly deserve," said Katherine Stone, Founder, Postpartum Progress. "Your local Warrior Mom is rallying together friends, family, the health care community and other survivors to celebrate their journeys rather than feel ashamed of them, therefore reducing the stigma associated with these health issues. We hope that at least one mom who is currently suffering feels empowered to get the help she needs from our efforts – that would make it worth it for us."

Climb Out of the Darkness is always held around the longest day of the year to shine the most possible light on maternal mental illness. In 2014, more than 1,500 participants joined Climbs in seven countries around the world, up from 200 participants in the 2013 climb.

The nationwide 2015 goal is to raise more than $200,000 to support Postpartum Progress. Funds raised from this event will allow the organization to create new educational materials to be used by obstetricians, pediatricians and other healthcare professionals, 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.

To learn more about Climb Out of the Darkness, visit To learn more about the Monmouth Medical Center Climb, contact LisaTremayne at 732-923-5573 or All participants must register in advance. Sponsorships from local businesses are also being accepted.

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

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