As part of Climb Out of the Darkness, the world's largest event raising awareness of all maternal mental illnesses, Monmouth Medical Center raised more than $5,000 and drew more than 80 moms and their families to the Team Lincroft Climb held June 20 at Middletown's Thompson Park.
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. Last year, more than 1,500 participants joined Climbs in seven countries around the world, raising more than $167,000. This year's event surpassed the 2015 nationwide goal by raising more than $218,000 to support 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.
Funds raised from Climb Out of the Darkness will allow Postpartum Progress to create new educational materials to be used by obstetricians, pediatricians and other health care 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.
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 offers 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 the 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. "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."
To learn more about Postpartum Progress, visit http://postpartumprogress.org/.
PHOTO: More than 80 moms and their families participated in Monmouth Medical Center's Climb Out of the Darkness event, which took place at Thompson Park in Lincroft.
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