Let’s talk about the new pandemic…mental illness. While mental illness is not new, it is becoming increasingly more prevalent in all age groups. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant increase in reports of mental illness and suicidal ideation. COVID-19 led to increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, something I think we have all experienced at some point in the past year. Here are a few quick facts about mental health since the beginning of COVID-19:
- 93% increase of people seeking help for anxiety
- 62% increase of people seeking help for depression
- Mental Health America has seen the highest reports of people experiencing frequent thoughts of suicide and self-harm since it\’s launch in 2014
- 11% increase in adults reporting symptoms of depression and anxiety
- 50.6% increase of suicide attempts in girls ages 12-17
So, what can you do? Research it, educate yourself and others and talk about it, and help us reach our fundraising goal for our 4th HIKE for Mental Health up Mount Washington! How will your money be used? HIKE for Mental Health donates funds raised to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (an organization researching causes and new treatments for various mental illnesses), veterans’ mental health, and trail conservation! If you can, please consider donating to this amazing cause or joining us on August 28th for the hike!
Mental Health America (2021)
Kaiser Family Foundation (2021)
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.