Sounds of Silence 5k/10k VIRTUAL Run (Walk, Stroller-walk with Kid's Fun Run)

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Twenty five years ago our dream for a family came true. It was the right time for us - my husband and I had been together for 10 years, we'd moved into our first home in a beach suburb of Sydney, I was ready to leave my career behind for a few years and he was training for a more secure job as a firefighter. We were all set up. Having a baby was our natural next step and we couldn't have been happier.

We were well prepared for the birth and it went well. But nothing had prepared us for our postpartum experience and the wheels fell off our little family at around week three. My husband and I were both sleep deprived, stressed out and arguing constantly. We didn't realise it until many years later, but we were both suffering with perinatal anxiety and depression.

Fast forward two and a half decades (and another two children later) and I now know to my bones that expectant mothers and fathers need - and deserve - preparation and support for the first weeks, months and years as a new family. When parents are not prepared for and supported through this incredibly vulnerable time, both mothers and fathers are more at risk for anxiety, depression and relationship distress. And while people say nothing can prepare parents for parenthood, my experience is that nothing is further from the truth: we can prepare parents - and in ways that supports the mental, emotional and relationship wellbeing of the whole family. That's my passion and our Becoming Us mission.

I'm also passionate about community and about New York. I don't know why, but there has always been a "pull" for me there. My first trip was with my husband for the World Police and Fire Games in 2011. It was a very delayed honeymoon for us and my favourite memories were hanging out with NYC firefighters, getting to see the city through their eyes and meet their partners and families at Rockaway Beach when my hubby took out the gold medal in the surfing event.

I returned to NYC the next year with my three best girlfriends, again in 2014 for the U.S. launch of the U.S. edition of Becoming Us and have visited most years since to run our workshops for perinatal professionals. On several trips I have been delighted to meet up with Sonia Murdock from the Postpartum Resource Centre of New York. We bonded over my first key lime pie, it's great to hear about all the wonderful work the Centre is doing for NY families and I have long wanted to do what I can to support it.

Over these past couple of weeks, I have been watching events unfold in NY on our nightly news and felt frustratingly helpless. It feels good to be able to do something now. I'm dedicating my walk this weekend to NY families and asking for support to provide more for new mothers and fathers in these communities at this unprecedented time.

To learn more about the Centre and how you can help please keep reading!

This is our story and why we need your help.

My sister Lisa Mary suffered from pregnancy and postpartum depression during and after the birth of my niece. During her struggle with this illness, I saw first hand the deep emotional pain and suffering that postpartum depression causes moms and their loved ones. I also witnessed the terrible stigma this illness brings upon moms and the suffering in silence they feel forced to endure.

It was an experience that I didn’t want other moms, dads and families to go through.

So, I decided that I would make a pact – a pact with my sister and my niece too – a promise to break the silence of postpartum depression, celebrate our courageous mothers and fathers, and build sounds of hope for all those families who may be suffering.

That’s how the  Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York was born.

The Sounds of Silence 5K/10K Run (Walk, Stroller-walk with Kid's Fun Run) in Memory and Celebration of Lisa Mary Reilly is an annual event now in its twelfth year. The goal of this event is to raise awareness for pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety and to raise funds for the essential programs and services of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.

A special focus of this event is supporting the Lisa Mary Reilly Visioning Educational Series, which is part of Project 62™- Building and Strengthening Perinatal Mental Wellness Parent Support Networks and Safety Nets in all sixty-two New York State counties.

Now you can be part of this important cause.

Join us in helping to raise funds for the Sounds of Silence VIRTUAL Run event. Become a fundraiser in an event that benefits the moms, dads, and families in your community.

Awards for Top Fundraiser and Top Team Fundraiser!

The Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York is a fundraising committee of the PRCNY. All proceeds contributed support the essential programs and services of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc., a 501(c)(3) IRS recognized non-profit organization. Tax ID# 11-3449880.

Any payment by check should be made payable to: Postpartum Resource Center of New York.

Sincerely yours,

Erin Mascaro

Event Co-Chairperson/Race Director

Angelo, Jade & Jet
You are such a beautiful soul with a huge heart and this is why we love and support you, Elly. xxx
Clare Willow.
For your friends & because it matters. Xx
Jen C
Griffin Parsons
Hope this helps x
Dorothy Taylor
Well done Elly
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