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‘Climb out of the Darkness’ raises awareness for family mental health

PEORIA (WEEK) – Mothers and fathers go through all types of stress and anxiety before, during, and after children are born. A group in Peoria joined the world’s largest event raising awareness for family mental health. Illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and OCD, postpartum post-traumatic stress, postpartum psychosis, perinatal bipolar mood disorders, and pregnancy depression and anxiety.

In an event on the Peoria Riverfront mothers and fathers came together to help shine light on the illnesses and disorders faced by many.

Sponsor Melissa Millinger said, “This is about helping moms raise awareness for themselves to recognize signs and symptoms they might be struggling with. One in five moms experiences a concern, one in three women of color and one in ten dads and so this is a very prevalent issue that we need to continue to discuss more and more.”

To get involved or become an advocate you can join Climb or become a sponsor by visiting their Facebook page here or email

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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