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Posted on: May 22, 2017

June events to help raise awareness about postpartum depression

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Build Your Village of Douglas County is hosting a movie screening and a walk in June to raise awareness about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder and funds for Postpartum Support International.

A screening of "Darkside of the Full Moon," a documentary about maternal and mental health, will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont Street. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

Additionally, there will be a  “Climb Out of the Darkness Meet-up and Climb” event from 9 a.m. to noon June 24 at Clinton Lake’s Overlook Park, 801 N. 1402 Road. There will be a brunch potluck from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Shelter 1. At 11 a.m., a one-mile walk will begin and travel along the paved Sanders Mound trail. Anyone is welcome to attend.

"Climb Out of the Darkness," is held on or near the longest day of the year to help shine light on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder. The event features mothers and others across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent the symbolic rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illness and into the light of hope and recovery.

For more information about the walk, visit the Facebook page. To donate money to Postpartum Support International, visit the Build Your Village — Lawrence, KS webpage.

Build Your Village of Douglas County is a free peer support group for mothers suffering from pregnancy or postpartum adjustment challenges. For more information, visit the coalition’s website.



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