Hello! My name is Emily, and I am the newest Mental Health News Compiler. While I will be regularly posting about mental health research, my intent is to focus on research related to hiking, backpacking, and other nature-related activities and mental health.
I am originally from South Carolina but moved to Oregon several years ago to complete a Masters degree in Folklore. Currently, I am working towards a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am interested in the surge in popularity of backcountry hiking and thru-hiking that has occurred in the last decade, and the possibilities this has on influencing the field of mental health.
When I’m not working, you can find me in my garden or on one of Oregon’s numerous hiking trails. These days, hiking is a lot more like training as I prepare for my next big adventure, hiking all 211 miles of the John Muir Trail (JMT) in August.
I’m excited to be working with HIKE for Mental Health and to get to know this community. If you have JMT advice for a first time thru-hiker, drop me a line; or if there is a particular topic you’d like me to look for, let me know!