“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~ John Muir
I was diagnosed with depression in high school, just about the same time I realized I wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. As I have struggled to cope with my mental illness, I have always had this dream out in front of me to look forward to. Now I finally have the chance to hike the AT, and do some good while I’m at it! I will be hiking north at the end of April from Harper’s Ferry, WV to Mount Kathdin, ME and then shuttling back to West Virginia and hiking south from Harper’s Ferry to Mount Springer, GA. I’m so glad that my hike will help other people who deal with mental health problems, and fund some trail preservation too!
1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.
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 foster responsible use of wilderness trails.
As an all-volunteer organization, we distribute 100% of contributions raised by our hikes.
- 80% funds scientific research to understand and treat mental illness
- 20% conserves national wilderness trails
Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. Thank you for your support.
To learn more, visit hikeformentalhealth.org.
To join a hike click here.