Goal: 30.0 miles
12.9 miles completed
A year ago, I came across the Hike for Mental Health organization through their #HikeOctober Campaign. During this time in my life, I was on my own for the first time and consistently found myself in a dark headspace. As many who are affected by depression, anxiety, and the like, sometimes getting out of bed is a mountainous task in itself. With a dear friend by my side, #HikeOctober provided a beacon within that dark headspace. It is through #HikeOctober and working with the Hike For Mental Health Team I found motivation to get out of bed every day and go forward with intent. And it is through hiking I found a source of joy, time to spend with people I love, and the simple action I could do to make my days purposeful. Today, I hope to not only bring awareness of the challenges and stigmas carried by those affected by mental illness, but to remind all that yes – you do have a purpose. Even if that purpose is to simply walk. Find what keeps you going and go.
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.