Hiking a long trail like the AT is something everyone has their own reasons for. For us, this hike is about having a large-scale adventure while we have the time and fitness to, experiencing the diversity of the Appalachian landscape, and sharing it all with our significant other.
In addition, though, we wanted some part of our hike to be larger than just us. That’s why we decided to partner with HIKE for Mental Health in support of their mission to alleviate the suffering of mental illness through the power of the hiking community. Maddy and I have both seen firsthand the effects that mental illness can have on people and communities, and it is a cause near and dear to our hearts. We also know the importance of trails and outdoor spaces for mental health and well-being, and have both volunteered for years to maintain the Appalachian Trail and our other public lands.
Our hike of the Appalachian Trail affects the two of us, and will affect us dramatically. A donation to HIKE for Mental Health, though, affects new research in mental illness, the protection of the Appalachian Trail corridor, and the wellbeing of us all. We hope that you will consider supporting our Hike for Mental Health by making a donation to this effort.
Maddy and Jake 🪢
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.