I Hike For Mental Health
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I Hike For Mental Health

I will be starting a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail NOBO (north bound) at the end of February 2019 and have decided to hike for the foundation "I Hike For Mental Heath." This problem has touched many people and I believe through more awareness and acceptance we'll be more freely to talk about issues without apprehension, or fear of feeling weak and vulnerable. Thus through conversations without inhibitions, help could be encouraged. This will not only help increase the quality of life, but will help save lives. 

About "I Hike For Mental Health."  Eighty percent of the hike donations provide grants that enable scientific research and fund programs aimed at alleviating suffering from mental illness. Every week, science yields a better understanding of and better treatments for mental illnesses. So much progress has been made. And yet, the work is not done while so many people and families still battle the diseases and the stigma. We work through the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and their outstanding NARSAD grants program as well as through our own programs to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Twenty percent of the hike donations support preservation of wilderness trails. It is our way of giving back to the people and organizations that make it possible for all of us to enjoy our time on wilderness trails. We partner with well-established trail maintenance organizations to ensure the funds are spent in a responsible and impactful way.

I ask that you donate $1.00 and refer me to at least ten people (preferably to everyone possible) to do the same in hopes of getting exponential growth in donations. Also I'll send a photographic print I've taken to the person who gives to largest donation (this will happen after the hike is over and I return home sometime in November 2019). You can let me know what type of subject that you're interested in, and I'll send you some options from my portfolio. 

Thank you for your consideration and generosity.

Peace & Love


David Barr



ABOUT Appalachian Trail

1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.

I chose to make HIKE for Mental Health a part of my Appalachian Trail hike so I can raise funds for a great cause and reduce the stigma of 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 to foster responsible use of wilderness trails.

As an all-volunteer organization, we distribute 100% of contributions raised by our hikers.

  • 80 cents from every dollar funds scientific research to prevent, cure, and treat mental illness
  • 20 cents maintains and preserves wilderness trails

Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. Thank you for your support.

To learn more, visit www.hikeformentalhealth.org.

To register your own hike with HIKE for Mental Health, click here.

Name Date Amount Comments
Betty Barr 07/03/2019 $25.00 In honor of my son.
Renee Faith 05/18/2019 $25.00 Happy Trails from Lodge of Legends!
Kristin Zimmerman 12/17/2018 $100.00 In honor of someone very special, who I miss every single day.
Stefanie Donaldson 12/17/2018 $5.00  
Debra Mann 12/17/2018 $25.00  
Elaine Zimmerman 12/17/2018 $50.00 In honor of a wonderful, gentle man who was taken away too early.
Marie Geoffroy 12/17/2018 $50.00  
Sunni Pitra 12/17/2018 $20.00 Be safe and God Bless Dave.
Deb Paradise 12/17/2018 $50.00 "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir You've got this!
David Barr 12/16/2018 $100.00  
  Total $450.00  
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