Local nonprofit holds fundraiser for maternal mental health

WellMama's Executive Director said one in five women experience postpartum depression: "It's very prevalent."

Posted: Jul 1, 2018 6:31 PM
Updated: Jul 1, 2018 6:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --A local nonprofit that provides support to mothers with postpartum depression and anxiety held a fundraiser on Sunday.

There were a lot of families at ColdFire Brewing on Sunday for WellMama's Climb Out of the Darkness event. Not only is it a fundraiser, but Executive Director Jessica Schultz said it also shines a light on maternal mental health.

"I think a lot of people might not realize that they're going through it when they are going through it, when they're really in the thick of it. They don't know that there's a name to what they're feeling," said Schultz. That name is postpartum depression. 

Schultz said one in five women experience it: "It's very prevalent." 

For the past eight years, WellMama has been providing free mental health support to pregnant women and new mothers. A lot of that care comes from other mothers who've gone through it.

Schultz said  before becoming a volunteer for the nonprofit, she was a client.

"My daughter is five now and after I had her, I had postpartum anxiety and trauma from her birth experience," said Schultz. 

She said having a community of supportive mothers can be very therapeutic and that's where Wellmama comes in.

"I really believe in the cause...I think it's a great outreach in our community to women of small children," said Elizabeth Lutz, the owner of Mustache Face Painting. 

She volunteered her time and paint during Sunday's fundraiser to help raise money for the nonprofit: "This is definitely one of my favorite events," said Lutz. 

A dollar from every drink sold at ColdFire also got donated to WellMama.

"ColdFire is very family centric...so this is a fabulous way to give back to the community. We're very excited to be part of this," said Drake McKee, the Tap Room Manager at Coldfire.  

If you'd like to learn more about Wellmama, click here.

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