I'm fundraising for HIKE for Mental Health because hiking has been part of how I've managed chronic depression for most of my adult life. I know firsthand how important being out on the trails can be--how it makes you feel more alive, infinitely more present, aware of how beautiful the world around you is, and part of something much bigger than yourself. I joke with folks that going hiking for me is like going to church for other people, but it's not really a joke: I feel whole when I'm hiking.
Hiking has helped get me through several suicidal bouts of depression, as well as the turmoil of a divorce, job changes, moving to several different states, and my mother's death from lung cancer.
When people ask me why I'm trying to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail this year, the simplest answer is that hiking makes me happier than anything else. Hiking is like extended walking meditation for me--so many things melt away and I'm left in awe of the world around me, and the physical exertion and exhaustion combined with all the little things I notice make me feel like I spent my day doing something worthwhile.
HIKE for Mental Health recognizes this power, and it's the only organization I know of that explicitly strives to help fund both mental illness research and trail maintenance. In my mind, the two are intricately linked. Please join me in supporting this work.
|Tracey Merrill||03/27/2018||$20.00||We need so much more research on mental health! Go get 'em Kate!||Greater Horizons||03/17/2018||$100.00||Will & Liz Moronta||02/22/2018||$25.00||Jon Bradley||02/22/2018||$25.00||Alisha Chaney||02/19/2018||$100.00||Susan Morgan||02/19/2018||$10.00||Elly May Clampett||02/18/2018||$10.00||Give 'em Hell Cousin Sassafras!||Jethro Bodine||02/18/2018||$10.00||There's some fine vittles in them there hills! See you over yonder, Cousin Sassafras!||Jessica Beatrice Fletcher||02/18/2018||$5.00||Whatever you do on your trek, stay clear of Cabot Cove! You'll either die or kill somebody!||Steve Messenger||02/17/2018||$20.00||Joelle Ingalls||02/17/2018||$25.00||Thank you for raising funds for such a critical cause. I have stared my own demons square in the eyes. They almost got me, but I was fortunate enough to have someone who knew how to read the signs.||Anonymous Friend||02/17/2018||$100.00||Mari Balow||02/17/2018||$50.00|