I am hiking to raise awareness of mental health issues, especially within the military community. The Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry (2014) found that almost 1 in 4 active duty service members struggles with mental illness, while a study in the Journal of Family Psychology (2011) found a significant increase in anxiety and depression in military spouses and the children of service members than within the general population. Military Times reported that in US Department of Veterans' Affairs (2016) study, while veterans made up only 9 percent of the American population, they represented 18 percent of deaths from suicide.
As a military spouse, I feel that we need to educate the public to better remove the stigma on mental illness and work to support those who struggle because we can do better, especially for our service members, veterans, and their families who have given so much.
I will be blogging my 2019 AT Thru-hike @: www.trailjournals.com/tenfourhikes.
|Michelle Thomas||07/12/2019||$50.00||Rock those miles!||Anonymous Friend||07/09/2019||$50.00||Christine Chaplin||06/14/2019||$30.00||You kick Ass||Michelle DiSarno||06/09/2019||$50.00||Joanne and Bill Hawver||06/07/2019||$50.00||We are thinking of you and wishing you a successful journey. Your friends at the Red Cardinal B&B||Patty Patterson||06/01/2019||$100.00||GO TEN FOUR!!! I LOVE YOU< MAMMIE WHEN IS YOUR NEXT ZERO?||Bill Weir||05/30/2019||$100.00||Joanne Wilhelm||05/28/2019||$100.00||You go girl!||Tammy Patterson||05/28/2019||$50.00||So proud of you!||Neil Gordon||05/24/2019||$100.00||Kevin Gertz||04/06/2019||$100.00||Anonymous Friend||03/07/2019||$25.00||Get those miles lady!||Brian Topping||03/07/2019||$25.00||You rock!!!||Jamie Keesler||03/07/2019||$35.00||Keep up the good work friend!|