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Natural Awakenings Richmond

Climb Out of Darkness

Healing Circle Counseling will host Climb Out of the Darkness, the world's largest regional climb, at 10 a.m., June 24, at Deep Run Park, in Richmond, to raise awareness of pregnancy and postpartum mental health disorders. Onsite registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Money raised will provide funds to local groups and organizations for low-cost training in perinatal mood disorders to providers in underserved areas, law enforcement, legal experts and primary healthcare providers, and mentor peer supporters and group leaders.

Survivors of postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder and psychosis from all over the world will walk, stroll or climb together to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and raise money for Postpartum Support International, a nonprofit organization and online community of support resources for parents around the world. This climb is unique  because doctors, therapists, hospital administrators, researchers and other professionals will be walking arm-in-arm.

Register in advance online (required) at Sponsorships from local businesses are also being accepted. For more information, call local climb leader Jasmine Sheffield at 804-924-7600 or email [email protected].