A very big thank you to everyone who came out to the Santa Monica Classic road race on Sunday May 20th - runners and spectators alike!  The sun was shining brightly as runners lined up on the starting line to begin their 5K or 10K race.  Runners hurried through the streets of Santa Monica, enjoying views of the moutains and the glistening ocean on their way to the finish line.  Following the race, members of the Speak Up When You're Down team, along with their friends and family, were invited to stop by the brand new Shore Hotel to enjoy a delicious spread of breakfast pastries, frittatas, bagels, coffee and orange juice.  Four women spoke about their personal experiences with postpartum depression and anxiety in an effort to break down the stigma associated with the disorder.  A huge thank you to Jessica Cushman, Danielle Gwiazda, Ellie Berkowitz-Handler and Jenni Chiu for sharing their stories.  Guests were sent home with delightful goody bags featuring essential supplies for new moms.  Many thanks to our goody bag sponsors listed below!  And congratulations to Jeanette Valentine who not only placed 3rd in her age group in the 10K distance, but raised $255 for the Task Force in the process!  Check out her fundraising page on Crowdrise!  To view photos of the event, please click HERE.  Please join us again next year!


Goody Bag Sponsors included: pediped footwear, Colic Calm, Baby Banana Brushes, MAM USA, Bobby, the bump, EcoSTORE USA, Pamper & Play, Daddy Scurbs, Baby Blanket Music, The Nanny League, Kiehls, Simplisse and Clean Bee Baby.

The mission of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force is to remove barriers to the prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County. The Task Force is a project of 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor Community Partners.