Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to read this. By bringing awareness to this subject we are generating momentum that could lead to massive breakthroughs in our understanding of mental health and what we can do to help our brothers and sisters so that we may all live a more fruitful life.
We don\’t need to look very far to realize that mental illness has struck the U.S. like a bombshell with an estimated 1 in 5 adults who live with some form of mental illness. This bombshell does not make a lot of noise. It doesn\’t leave a footprint on the ground, and sometimes it can go undetected for many years. However, these are not indicators of the sheer destructive power that mental illness possesses. It\’s enough to tear a family apart from the inside out. It carries enough force to bring someone to and over the edge. And somehow, it\’s been considered taboo to talk about it in the past.
Thankfully that\’s not how we operate anymore. The stigma around mental illness is being broken down, one step at a time.
But we need to come together if we\’re going come out triumphantly on the other side of this journey.
That\’s why myself (Lalo M25) and my good friend (Alex M24) have decided to partner up with HIKE for Mental Health.
As avid hikers and endurance enthusiasts, we realized that we could help make an impact by dedicating our thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail to raising awareness for mental health.
As someone who has experienced the life saving impact that comes from getting out on the trail, this is something that is very important to me. I have faith that with the help of the community we can truly continue the process of healing.
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.