Join our fifth annual #hikeOctober campaign to raise awareness of the challenges of mental illness, fund mental health research and conserve wilderness trails. #hikeOctober is free to join, open to hikers of all experience levels, and an easy way for your walk in the woods, or around the park, to make an impact!
Sign up now, then hike or walk any distance, anywhere, by yourself or with a group, anytime in October!
Watch as we collectively strive toward our goals. Remember to hashtag #hikeOctober on your walking and hiking photos, and to connect with us via social media to hear campaign updates, read personal Why I #hikeOctober accounts, and share in the impact we all make as the HIKE for Mental Health team!
#hikeOctober is a month long celebration of the outdoors and the ways it can heal us. We hike because it is great for our own mental health; we hike to raise awareness of the stigma of mental illness; and we hike to raise money for mental health research and trail conservancy.
HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to overcoming the stigma of mental illness, promoting the benefits of outdoor activity, and conserving wilderness trails. Our hikeOctober planning team is a diverse group of men and women around the country who volunteer their time throughout the year to organize and promote this campaign, including HIKE for Mental Health co-founder, Leo Walker, team lead Brayden Donnelly, and social media coordinators Brielle Brack, Cristen Heavens, and Jasmine Massa.
Since our first #hikeOctober in 2017, the #hikeOctober community has raised $35,753.63, hiked 7,000 miles, and brought together 578 participants!
We have had involvement from over 36 states and three different countries. In 2020, our all-volunteer team of five logged a collective 300 hours of effort.
Numbers like these show the incredible effort that can be made when passionate people get together and set a goal. So please join us in our fifth annual #hikeOctober campaign to see how you can make a difference!
You can hike or walk as little or as much as you want. It is completely up to you. Once you sign up, you will be able to add your hiking mileage to the campaign toward our group goal of 5,000 miles during the month of October. As you add more hikes, you will receive online "badges" to share your achievements with friends via social media.
Anywhere you want! Any hike or walk during October in honor of the campaign can be part of our #hikeOctober. A 20 mile backpacking trip or a 2 mile walk in the town park - it's all good! Take one big trip, or walk a little every day. You decide how you want to #hikeOctober and how you'll make a difference.
No, it is completely free. Remember to share the news with your friends and encourage them to take part.
When you sign up, you get to personalize a fundraising page. By sharing your page with others, you build awareness and give them an opportunity to make a donation to the campaign. There is no minimum fundraising requirement to participate, but everyone who reaches $100 or more by the end of October will receive a cool, quick-dry HIKE for Mental Health hiking shirt.
HIKE for Mental Health is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded on the vision of a world in which everyone, including those who suffer mental illness, can find the simple joy of living. Our mission is to alleviate the suffering of those afflicted by mental illness, eliminate the associated stigma, and to foster responsible use of wilderness trails. As an all-volunteer organization, we distribute 100% of contributions raised by our hikers.
80 cents from every dollar funds scientific research to understand, prevent, and treat mental illness
20 cents maintains and preserves wilderness trails