⛰Passion and Purpose 🌄
Every one has a story, everyone suffers and everyone succeeds. Most times the suffering is behind closed doors. As a child these doors were shut tight when my mom became hospitalized or was suffering in solitude and paralyzed in isolation and fear. No one dared speak or mention the word ‘depression’. Yet it existed and sadly many were ashamed and were kept silent.
Mental Illness – PTSD, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, Schizophrenia..all invisible yet all carry stigma.
My mom was very beautiful, classy and funny. She was married to my Dad for 40 years, had great friends, a contagious laugh, and great sense of humor -yet she suffered silently for years with depression, anxiety, mental illness.
Twelve years ago she took her own life💔.
Within days I promised myself her death would not be in vain, I would do my best to use my voice, body, knowledge and experiences to try to bring awareness to this “silence”.
Our 4 children were young when she died, and my time was limited to get involved to break the stigma, but I loved nature and hiking and fell upon Hike for Mental Health’s 1st annual Hike up Mt. Washington in 2012. The rest is history.
The 9th Annual hike is August 22, 2020. We have made history with the largest group to hike up this Mountain. I’ve met incredible people, soldiers, children, spouses etc. who share similar stories. Some struggle themselves, some hike for those who can’t and some hike in memory of those they’ve lost.
Please consider joining us, supporting us or making a donation in memory of someone you know to help this cause.
100% of all donations are non profit: 80% to Brain Behavior Research and 20% to trail maintenance.
I appreciate you reading all of this, if you can only pray for us to continue that is enough.
If your heart tugs you to donate I appreciate that!
If you feel like a challenge and want to hike with us (no experience necessary) I PROMISE you will be moved… heart body and soul !
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.