My Mom battled with depression much of my adult life. The last years of her life she battled Alzheimers. When I was born I had some physical issues. I spent my first years in casts and braces. The doctors were not sure if I would ever walk, let alone run or hike. In my late 20s I started running 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons and I remember my mom crying because I was running against the odds.
Recently I was diagnosed with Major Depression Disorder. Most days I’m ok and many nights are a challenge. Hiking is always good.
In 2021 I will be hiking the Florida National Scenic trail. I will start on January 9th, the anniversary of Mom’s passing and I will end on March 3rd, her birthday.
I chose to join a hike with HIKE for Mental Health to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and conserve wilderness trails.
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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.