Goal: 50.0 miles
71.1 miles completed
I think we can agree that 2020 has been an extremely difficult year for many in regards to mental health. I know I personally have struggled with my own mental health issues this year and I know first hand that many people that I love and care about have battled mental health issues this year as well. COVID 19, Social Distancing, Social/Political unrest in our nation, and not being unable to spend time with friends and family, have exacerbated preexisting conditions and pushed many people to new lows. I want to help in one of the only ways I know how, by hiking. So I chose to join up with HIKE for Mental Health to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and conserve wilderness trails in the process.
My goal this October, starting tomorrow October 2nd will be to hike a total of 50 miles. For each mile I hike I would like to raise 10 dollars for a grand total of
$500 (updated to 1000). 100% of the money will be donated (see more information here) towards mental health research and preservation of hiking trails in the United States.
For Each Trail, I hike I have about 11 lined up over the next month, I would like to share someone’s story about their struggles with mental health. I’ll go first, so I need at least 10 other people to write a short (a couple of paragraphs) story about your struggles with mental health and maybe strategies you have used to address those issues. If you feel comfortable sharing those stories with me you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post these stories with each of my hikes on social media. My goal is to destigmatize the ideas surrounding mental health issues and to help people realize they are not alone and that there are people listening and willing to help.
I hope you all have a great October and I love you all. If you would consider making a donation, leaving a message, or sharing this page I would greatly appreciate your support.
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.