In August of 2017, I lost one of my best friends to an opioid overdose. Devon Longmore was a great friend, an Eagle Scout, and a lover of the outdoors. I wanted to do right by his memory and raise awareness about how opioid addiction impacts people of all backgrounds and is strongly tied to mental health. On average, 130 people die from opioid overdoses every day in the United States. This epidemic has devastated Appalachia and the East Coast, but people are afraid to talk about it. Standing by while a friend slowly spirals into addiction makes you feel hopeless and powerless. We need to stand together to speak up and stop opioid addiction from a systemic level and bring hope to those who are struggling. This money I raise will go towards opioid addiction prevention.
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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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