This summer, I’m choosing to join HIKE for Mental Health to help stamp out the stigma of mental illness and conserve wilderness trails.
Hiking and Backpacking has played a huge part in my personal battle with mental health through the years. At my lowest points, nature and exploration seems to be the one thing that brings me pure and endless joy. When I tell people I want to go hiking in the woods alone for a weekend, the first reaction is to laugh and say “ew why?” and all I can do is share the joy it’s brought me in the hope to pour some perspective on the significance of spending time in nature.
Taken from Americanhiking.org:
\”Many studies have proven the beneficial effects of exercise on mental health and one\’s outlook on life. Physical activity induces the release of endorphin (A powerful chemical in your brain) which energize your spirit, making you feel happy. What\’s great is no matter the shape you\’re in, you can even reap these benefits from a small hike. as we deeply breathe in the wilderness, the stagnant things seem to fall away. Feeling very much alive; the hike ends with us refreshingly fatigued, and yet somehow better equipped to handle \”civilization.\” The sense of accomplishment is gratifying enough to improve our perception on all things in life.\”
This summer, I will be planning a few different extended backpacking trips in honor of this cause with the idea to give a donation amount per mile hiked in honor of this organization.
So I hope you\’ll join me this summer and donate to two causes that hold great significance to both me as well as family, friends, acquaintances, and loved ones: Mental Health & Wilderness Conservation.
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.