As fall turns to winter, a thru-hiker’s blood stirs with the urge to hit the trail. Or at least to plan next year’s hike. If you are one of the hearty souls planning an AT or PCT thru-hike, we would love to hear from you.
We are seeking a select group of thru-hikers to sign on with HIKE for Mental Health for the 2013 or 2014 seasons. One of the best ways to increase your chances of completing the hike is to tell people that you are doing it and giving it extra purpose. So why not make your hike also do some good for others?
With HIKE for Mental Heath, your hike can help raise awareness of the stigma surrounding mental illness while you help raise funds to prevent, treat, and cure it. The added motivation of knowing you are doing something that matters will help get you through those tough days when everything aches and just don’t feel like walking another step. And it’s totally free.
How it works
- Sign up on the HIKE for Mental Health website, letting us know you are a 2013 or 2014 thru hiker.
- We will set up a fundraising page on our website in your name for your friends and acquaintances to show their support for you by supporting the HIKE for Mental Health cause. (See an example.)
- You tell everyone you know about your hike and about HIKE for Mental Health. The Share buttons on the fundraising page make it easy for you.
- We will provide you with great HIKE for Mental Health shirts you can wear on the trail to help spread the word.
If you know someone who struggles with schizophrenia, autism, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD or other major mental illnesses, think about adding special meaning to your thur hike by linking it with HIKE for Mental Health.
Every penny goes to the cause
HIKE for Mental Health is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, so all donations are fully tax deductible. And because our founders fund our operating costs, every penny donated for hikes goes to our mission causes. 80% of the money goes to fund scientific research into causes, treatments, and cures of mental illness through the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. And the rest goes to organizations like the NY-NJ Trail Conference that help to maintain wilderness trails. Click here for more details on where the money goes.
For more information, contact us. We will happy to talk with you about your hike and how you can help.
Or, if you are ready to sign on now, click here.