Climb out of the Darkness Team Central Maine is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at North Street Recreation Area, 151 North St. in Waterville.

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 (such as postpartum depression and anxiety), the event brings the community together to shine a light on a darkness one often doesn’t speak about. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the most common complication of childbearing, according to a news release from Amanda Brown, event organizer.

“After almost losing my life in 2014 to postpartum psychosis I have made it my life’s mission to raise awareness about these disorders so that no other mother will have to suffer in silence. Mothers and children are dying every day because of the effects of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and we need to do better,” said Brown.

“I have had the pleasure of hosting this event for the past five years, and also I helped organize and facilitate a support group for postpartum families at Northern Light Inland Hospital — The Tree of Hope is held virtually every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m.,” Brown added.

The free family friendly event will include refreshments, vendors, raffle and music.


The trail is stroller/bike friendly.

Families need to know that they are not alone, they are not to blame and that with help they will be well, the news release notes.

For more information and to register for the walk, email Brown at



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