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There is strength in being vulnerable. At first glance, this idea seems counterintuitive. How can I be strong if I let someone see me struggling? In that moment of self doubt our irrational brain forgets that everyone, read that again, everyone has something they wish they could change about their life. At times we feel defeated and lose faith in our competencies. Our ability to be present disappears. This happens to people at varying degrees.
If it’s not obvious by now, I’m speaking from experience. Life has a funny way of kicking us when we’re down and some cope better than others. Hiking has forced me to be vulnerable physically, mentally and emotionally. I’ve revealed parts of myself that I didn’t even know existed. I’ve confronted insecurities head on and through an abundance of love (and sweat) I pulled myself out of something all consuming.
I have no words of wisdom or epiphany inducing story. At my lowest, I found the courage to live for me. To love life back. Let this be your sign. Get the help you need. Give yourself a break from carrying the weight of the universe and let someone in.
I am doing this hike for so many reasons. I absolutely love a good physical challenge but more importantly I am hiking to advocate for a more empathetic world.
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.
I’m donating because its important to me that we raise awareness of mental health. I suffered from depression and anxiety for most of my life and lost dear friends. I hope by raising awareness less people will suffer in silence. Sam you are amazing and I am so proud of you!! Enjoy the hike!!
Being in the woods is the best medicine.
Enjoy your hike
You have become an inspiration to us all. Your drive to reach the top is breathtaking. Good luck with your hike I know your determination and strong will ,will get you to the top.
I suffer with depression & anxiety. And I hope for those of us suffering will reach out or continue to get the professional help needed. You hear all to often of the many of people that suffer & dont get the help they need & the outcomes are very sad & tragic. Sam, you are both beautiful on the inside & out. And most of all an inspiration to so many of us. I”m proud of you. Have a great hike & please be safe.
Thank you, Sam. xo
You’re amazing & I’m so proud of you. I love you!!! Have fun and keep doing such wonderful things <3
You don’t need encouragement because you are a BA, but if you do, there’s no doubt in my mind that you got this. Love you! Stay safe!