These past few years have been extremely challenging for me because of my mental health. I’ve suffered from debilitating depression and anxiety, as well as a couple of other mental health issues. I’ve been hospitalized twice for my mental health, and currently have a large care team who help look out for me. However, one of the activities I’ve consistently loved doing, even when my mental health was at its worst, is hiking. Hiking reinvigorates me and is something I can do to connect with friends and loved ones.
When hiking became too much for me to handle, it was like I lost part of myself. As my mental health has improved over the past few months, I’ve rediscovered my love of hiking and have enjoyed all the benefits it offers.
I chose to join a hike with HIKE for Mental Health to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and conserve wilderness trails. I love that there’s an organization that combines two of my passions – hiking and mental health advocacy. It feels great to be able to give back to others and preserve the trails that have meant so much to me.
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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.