Episode 1: My PPD Story

– The Climb Out of Darkness 2016 is happening on Saturday, June 18th. It is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, postpartum bipolar disorder, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. Climb Out is held on or near the longest day of the year annually to help shine the most light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The event features mothers and others across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illness and into the light of hope and recovery. Funds raised support the 501c3 organization Postpartum Progress (http://postpartumprogress.org)
– Go HERE if you would like to donate to my fundraiser
– and go HERE if you would like to find a hike near you to participate
– I highly recommend the book Postpartum Depression for Dummies by Shoshana Bennett. It’s a great resource for anyone who has postpartum depression. It was my bible when I was recovering.
– If you would like to be interviewed for a future episode, fantastic! Leave a comment below or on instagram (courtney.novak) or email me at courtneyhenningnovak@gmail.com.


I am brand new to this website thing. Well, not entirely brand new – I did have to create a website for a class back in, oh, 1999.

Let’s just say I’m new to this website thing.

I’ll need some time to make this place pretty and fun to visit. But for now, I wanted a home to list updates for my peer-to-peer support group. Our next meeting is Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 2-3 p.m. at The Family Room in San Marino. This is our regular meeting time but sometimes we have to cancel/reschedule. So check here for updates! I promise, give me a few weeks, and this site will be gorgeous (translation: not totally hideous) and information will be more streamlined. Thanks for your patience and support!