This spring, I will be one of a fortunate few individuals who will have the opportunity to attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, approximately 2200 miles from Georgia to Maine. This undertaking has required a great deal of saving and planning, as well as restructuring my life and plans in order to be able to take on this massive challenge this year. While this trek will require a tremendous amount of assistance and understanding from my family and friends, it is very much a self-serving endeavor. It is something that I want to achieve, something that I want to experience…very much a singularly personal journey. However, I truly believe that any journey this enormous, any challenge this ‘life-changing’ is much bigger than any one individual. It is my sincere desire that this hike would somehow have a positive affect on many more lives than just my own. It is for this reason that I chose to team up with HIKE for Mental Health this year on my north bound AT thru hike.
Like many others, mental illness has had a profound affect on my life in recent years. I have seen first hand the emotional toll that battling with depression, addiction, and mental illness can take on an individual, as well as their loved ones. HIKE for Mental Health is partnering with hikers such as myself to raise awareness of these issues, while striving to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and it’s treatment. In addition, a portion of all donations is given to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Pacific Crest Trail Association, to aid in the conservation and maintenance of wilderness trails.
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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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