I chose to join a hike with HIKE for Mental Health to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and conserve wilderness trails.
Toward this aim, I am planning to hike the Buckeye Trail as a day hiker over the next 2 years in a unique way, which is to hike out 20 miles with a bike and pack on my back, then ride the bike back to the start point for the day, then return the following week to the point where I left off the previous week.
I figure with the weather, time off for family vacations, and the like, this could be done in around two years. I can’t afford to take a long thru-hike at this point in my life but I figure this would be my way to get involved.
In doing this, I would like to promote mental health awareness by letting people know what I’m doing and asking them to support me by donating to help with mental health research.
I have a history of bipolar disorder, ADHD, substance use disorder, mixed bag of personality “differences” and have used hiking to improve my mood and coping skills to live a relatively “normal” life. I have now come off medications and have hiked 815mi. since April 2021. A month ago I completed the Steve Newman World Walker Trail, a single day 33miler. Currently, I am hiking the 78mi. Little Miami Scenic River trail as an Out and Back Section hike (156mi. Total). I will complete that this weekend. I am pressing toward a start date of 1/2/2021 for this next adventure where I will hike the American Discovery trail from Devou Park in Covington to Eden Park in Cincinnati and from there start the Buckeye Trail from its southern terminus. I will be making up Business cards to pass out to anyone inquiring about my hike to direct them to the hikeformentalhealth.org site to make a donation.
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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.
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