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15 year old on track to solo hike 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail — 3 Comments

  1. Hard to believe such a beautiful young lady would have to deal with depression but I guess this goes to show mental issues can happen to anyone.

    • Unfortunately, 1 in 4 American families struggles with mental illness. 20% to 30% of adolescents experience at least one depressive episode. The stigma around mental illness keeps a lot of it “invisible” but that doesn’t make it any less real and impactful. That’s why lifting the stigma and supporting research to deepen our understanding of mental illnesses is so critical.