How will sponsoring a Climb Out of the Darkness event help new families who are suffering from mood and anxiety disorders? PSI’s programs support families world wide! Here is a snapshot of what we do:
The Climb Out of the Darkness is the world’s largest event raising funds and awareness for the mental health of new families operated by Postpartum Support International. The Climb is a community walk and international fundraiser for survivors, providers, and members of the community to come together.
Raising awareness for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, The Climb brings our community together to shine a light on a darkness we often don’t speak about. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth.
We share stories of hope and celebrate recovery as we gather together to raise money, raise awareness and give a voice to those who no longer have one and walk together to symbolize our ‘Climb’ Out of the Darkness.
We provide direct peer support to families, train professionals, and provide a bridge to connect them.
Lead a Climb
Becoming a Climb Leader is a great way to help others, advocate for change, and raise awareness about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
The responsibilities associated with leading a Climb can be broken down into 6 parts.
The Climb Out of the Darkness is a fundraiser for Postpartum Support International, it is also a fundraiser for community and state level initiatives that support the mental health of new families.
Climb events build community. The events are free to attend and create peer support networks that stay connected all year long.
The Climb (and it’s leaders) use social media to recruit participants and spread our messaging. We have a Climb Leader Facebook group where we share ideas and encourage each other throughout the year.
We raise awareness by sharing statistics, news articles, research breakthroughs, personal stories, and even funny parenting memes.
June 26 is Climb Day! Events are both in-person and online throughout the season (from Jan 1- June 26). Restaurant fundraisers, paint night, self-care or fitness workshops, and online community building events all can occur during the lead up to June 26.
Logistics: We use a website for fundraising called CauseVox. A website needs to be made for each team and all participants need to register (free) as this gives participants access to the liability waiver.
*PSI and the Climb Staff provide support in all of these areas listed above. PSI does not reimburse for any expenses incurred in leading and planning a Climb event. We understand that this may be a limiting factor for some so we encourage you to schedule a meeting with the Climb Program Manager, Emily, to discuss specifics: calendly.com/cotd.
Here’s How the Money Flows
Many of our Climbers choose to fundraise, but it is not a requirement. However, for those choosing to raise money, you can be confident that all of the funds go to support and develop deserving projects and programs in communities around the world.
Types of Teams
Individuals, friends, or other sponsors who have a Climb event to raise awareness and support for perinatal mood disorders: 50% of money raised will go into the Perinatal Action Fund and 50% will go to PSI to support their many programs that help families and educate providers around the world. The Perinatal Action Fund was created by the transfer of funds after the closure of Postpartum Progress, Inc. The Perinatal Action Fund was developed to provide funds for underserved populations within the perinatal mood disorder community.
Organizations or groups that organize a local Climb with their members: You will receive 75% (after administration fees) of the money they raise for an approved project involving perinatal mood disorders. The group will have a chance to register after they organize a Climb event, and there is no requirement that they have a 501c3 organization. Money will be sent to the group within 8 weeks of the close of the Climb. The additional 25% (after administration fees) will be placed into the Perinatal Action Fund developed to provide funds for underserved populations within the perinatal mood disorder community.
Climbs organized by a PSI State Chapter will have all of their Climb funds returned to their individual state chapter account, minus admin fees. These funds from the Chapter-organized climb will be included in the accounting of regular Chapter fees at year end. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about PSI Chapters. You’ll find your PSI Chapters here.
Every dollar helps, and we appreciate the fundraising and awareness-raising efforts made by all!
Every Climber who raises $100 receives a free t-shirt.
You are not alone and you are not to blame. Help is available. You will get better.
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