Goal: 40.0 miles
40.3 miles completed
We chose to HIKE for Mental Health to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and help provide access to the outdoors. Mental health services and research are incredibly important and getting outdoors plays such a big role in our well being every day even if we don\’t realize it. We encourage you to get outside – feel the breeze in your hair, appreciate the smell of the rain, paddle or row a river, take a walk or just explore. While these are things we may have done our whole life, lately their impact on our mental health has become even more apparent.
Through HIKE for Mental Health, \”Eighty percent of the hike donations provide grants that enable scientific research aimed at alleviating suffering from mental illness, as well as to fund programs to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. Every week, science yields a better understanding of and better treatments for mental illnesses. So much progress has been made. And yet, the work is not done while so many people and families still battle the diseases and the stigma. We work through the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and their outstanding NARSAD grants program and through our own programs to eliminate the stigma.
Twenty percent of the hike donations support preservation of wilderness trails. It is our way of giving back to the people and organizations that make it possible for all of us to enjoy our time on wilderness trails. We partner with well-established trail maintenance organizations to ensure the funds are spent in a responsible and impactful way.\”
Please consider making a donation, leaving a message, sharing this page and getting out to hike yourself!
Katie & Lara
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.