HIKE for mental health is important for us Alpha Sigs at QU because it’s related to one of our philanthropic partners- Active Minds. Active Minds is a nonprofit organization for raising awareness on mental health among college students. Walking the wilderness trails reminds us of our fraternity value of patriotism- conserving our land and appreciating the outdoor space that we have in front of us. Another correlation is with the rest of our five values: honor, silence, charity, and purity. A special feeling of honor goes into the making of hiking trails and walking them. And then our moments of embracement of the purity of the environment around us on the trails- the naturalness, cleanness, and lack of pollution. Whether enjoying ourselves with brothers while hiking the Giant or being quiet at times, our moments of silence represent our peacefulness as well as our paying of respect to those who lost their lives due to mental health complications and/or are battling mental illnesses. Alpha Sig’s connection with mental health also stems from our devotion to battling addiction; where addiction can affect the mental health of those suffering. Another philanthropic partner we have is Shatterproof- a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the addiction crisis in the United States.
We can never forget how difficult it can feel at times to be human and alive- however we periodically find our positive moments of smiling and discover those times of fun. With our value of charity, we know that any philanthropic contributions we make can help alleviate the pain and put a smile of hope on those in need. We Alpha Sigs know when great causes are in our sight for love, compassion, and support. For our brotherhood, HIKE for mental health is for the greater good, and “to better the man”-which is our fraternity motto. Bettering the world through better men.
Everyone has something on their plate and is going through something right now, even if you may not know it. We must not be alone, but stay together.
Would you consider making a donation for mental health, writing a message to support Alpha Sig’s hike, or spreading the word of this fundraiser page?
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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.
To join a hike click here.