I chose to join a hike with HIKE for Mental Health to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and conserve wilderness trails.
My oldest brother, Kurt, suffered from schizophrenia for most of his life. He died some years ago, and there was little joy in his life. I am hiking in his memory, and for some friends who died by suicide. HFMH wants to reduce the stigma so that people can get the help they need without the additional obstacle of what the rest of the world thinks about their illness. HFMH is working to recognize illnesses and make interventions before they take hold. It is too late for my brother, but not for some kid like him. My parents always said that he was a great kid, and a happy kid, until that shadow passed over him.
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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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