I am looking forward to raising money for the 4th year in a row for the Hike for Mental Health. This organization is constantly working to help break the stigma of mental health. And at the same time, also contributing to trail maintenance initiatives. Many of us hike or get outside to help keep ourselves healthy mentally and physically.
As many of you know, the woods are my happy place. And I also struggle with anxiety and mental health. I’m lucky that I can talk openly about my struggles, with friends, family, and my therapist without shame. Despite that I still struggle at times.
So I can only imagine the struggle for those who do not have a support system, or are ashamed of their struggles. Despite mental health struggles being so common (for real, start listening and asking folks), there is still a taboo about admitting it and talking about it. This must change. We all must do our parts to help that happen, whether it be supporting an organization, supporting a loved one, or talking about our owns struggles.
So help me raise some money. In return, I’ll drag my butt up MtWashington (6,288 feet), share photos of the hike, continue being open about my struggles, and continue being there for *anyone* that needs me.
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.