I chose to join a hike with HIKE for Mental Health to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and to help conserve wilderness trails for future generations to enjoy.
This is also personal for me. I’ve struggled with my mental health my entire life. I have had friend’s take their own life and saw firsthand what it did to their families. In middle school, I put a razor blade to my wrist twice. Fortunately, the idea scared me so much that I couldn’t follow through. I did, however, make a small cut on the top of my right hand as close to a vein as I could get. The scar serves as a daily reminder of where I was mentally at that point in my life. Throughout high school and my 20’s, I had a bottle of pills in hand more times than I can count or care to remember. Seeing first hand what suicide does to a family and my fear of following through is why I am still here today.
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With sincere gratitude,
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.
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