“Reach out. You don’t have to wait.”

by Angie Mizzell on April 9, 2014

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially–through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need. To date, LTYM has raised over $25,000 for local causes! Here’s a look at the causes being supported in the 2014 32-city season. 

PSC_logo_webAs the Charleston production team and cast of Listen To Your Mother celebrated our sold out show and the decision to hold a second show, I realized that this was also good news for our cause: Postpartum Support Charleston. 10% of all ticket sales will go directly to the non-profit organization.

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Holly Fisher

We selected Postpartum Support Charleston because we have seen what Board President Holly Fisher has done to raise awareness and shatter the stigma often associated with Postpartum Depression. “Much of the work right now is just letting people know we’re here,” Fisher says. “We want women and their families to realize they can reach out for help. You don’t need to wait.”

Fisher’s commitment to the cause is personal; she knows what it’s like to experience depression after giving birth, and feeling like it was something she couldn’t talk about. “I waited a really long time before I got help, nine months. I want people to understand that Postpartum Depression is common, and it’s treatable. Many women experience the baby blues, but if it’s been a month or more and you still don’t feel like yourself, call someone.”

Postpartum Support Charleston Executive Director Holly Fisher and her daughter, Kate.

Holly Fisher and her daughter, Kate.

One big way Postpartum Support Charleston is working to raise awareness is through their annual Moms’ Run 5K and Family Fun Day, which is held the Saturday before Mother’s Day on Daniel Island. Last year’s race raised more than $11,000 and topped out at more than 400 registered participants. There’s still time to register for this year’s run, which will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:30am. And they’re also looking for volunteers.

Moms Run 5k 2013

Photo by Grace Beahm Photos by Grace Beahm

The website ppdsupport.org has information about support groups, treatment options and other resources, as well as a direct number you can call. “We even have resources and support options for dads and other members of the family,” Fisher says. “Women should not have to suffer in silence. They should not be ashamed or feel they are bad mothers. More than 15 percent of all women experience some kind of mood disorder after giving birth. That means hundreds of thousands of women are going through the same struggles.”

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Listen To Your Mother: Charleston will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. at Footlight Players Theatre. The 2:00 p.m. show is currently sold out. Tickets for the 5:00 p.m. show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 10% of ticket sales benefit Postpartum Support Charleston. For complete show information, click here. 

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