Hike Your Hike, Live Your Life
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Hike Your Hike, Live Your Life
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I'm super amped to be hiking the Appalachian Trail this spring (start date April 10th, follow me on instagram UN: chris.mike.jones, if you want to see where I'm at!) and equally excited to be hiking in support of "Hike For Mental Health". There is a tip given to anyone starting the Appalachian Trail, "Hike Your Own Hike". And this doesn't just apply to the trail, we all need to hike our own hikes and walk our own lives. With all of the judgement, criticism, and expectations given it can be hard to stand up for who we truly are, and the inner critic within us all can sometimes be the worst culprit. But we're all unique, we all have our flaws and talents and that's what makes us human, and awesome. If we can't accept this, we can never be 100% ourselves, and if we can't do that then we aren't able to give the world our greatest gifts and make our greatest impact.

I have dealt with anxiety and depression throughout my life and am 100% not looking for any sympathy. Everyone has their own battles whether it's mental health, physical, or etc. 20% of people in America live with a mental health "illness" and that's just people that have been diagnosed. The stigma surrounding mental health is often what makes it most difficult for people to get help. But by being less judgmental and more accepting of the differences that make us uniquely beautiful we give way to a world of peace.

For me, hiking has always been an outlet. Both to calm my anxiety, as well as to slow down from that American lifestyle that we all sometimes forget that we are caught up in. Most people I talk to and know that hike, find a major benefit to be a peace of mind, calm and stillness, and closer to connection to the world around them. For these reasons I am super passionate about the mission at "Hike For Mental Health".

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
Eric Doyon 10/09/2018 $100.00 Congratulations Chris on conquering the AT!
Robin Hood 10/04/2018 $50.00 Had to wait and made sure you finished before donating. Jk! I knew you would. Congrats on your thru hike and exceeding your fundraising goal. It was a great pleasure to walk with you Soulman!
Adam Cotton 10/03/2018 $50.00 Congratulations Chris! It was awesome following your journey through your updates on social media. What an accomplishment!
Carolyn & Jonn Blunt 10/03/2018 $50.00 Congrats on your completion of the trail Chris and all you’ve accomplished.
Erica Plasse 09/23/2018 $25.00  
Alyssa Baldino 09/23/2018 $25.00 Congrats on finishing an amazing hike for an amazing cause!
Catherine Campbell 09/14/2018 $25.00  
Pat Roberts 09/05/2018 $50.00 Chris, We are so proud of you for taking on this challenge and for fundraising for a great cause. Your honesty with you personal struggles hit close to home and open honest communication helps others in similar circumstances see they are not along. The four of us love you Huncle Chris, you have been in our thoughts and we have been sharing your journey with the girls regularly. Keep on keeping on brother man:)
Jeff St.Laurent 09/05/2018 $125.00 Chris - what a noble cause. Thank you for fundraising for this. This is for you and my dad. Great job...Your mom & dad are proud...and should be!
Bill Dineen 09/01/2018 $100.00 You should be very proud of what you have accomplished and I am really pleased with the cause you are benefiting. I have had some issues with mental health and have been blessed to have it under control for quite sometime but it can creep up on you if you let it. Enough about me, enjoy the finale.
Ann Grant 08/26/2018 $100.00 Great effort Chris. You are on the home stretch!
Jim Kierstead 08/26/2018 $50.00 Awesome Chris! Thank you for bringing this issue to the forefront and your passion for hiking.
Ron & Karen Chiminelli 08/26/2018 $100.00 Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments!
Laura Merten 08/25/2018 $50.00 Congratulations - what an amazing accomplishment!!! ~Laura (friend of your mom)
Briana Lagasse 08/24/2018 $25.00  
Ashley Parker 08/24/2018 $15.00 Way to go Chris! Your journey is such an accomplishment and this cause a true definition of your character. You are an inspiration to many! We are so glad your hike went well and you’re in the home stretch! Welcome home! Much support, Ashley, Andrew and Lucie Parker
Beverly Brennan 08/24/2018 $30.00 Good luck on the trail and thank you for representing all of us who have dealt with mental illness!
Karen Albert 08/24/2018 $50.00  
Dan Colby 08/24/2018 $50.00 Great job Chris! Congratulations on your success!Thank you for using your trek to help bring awareness to such a misunderstood and often times ignored issue.
Cynthia Riordan 08/24/2018 $25.00  
Pauline Albert 08/23/2018 $20.00 Chris, Meme is proud of you and what you are doing! Keep up the good work. I am proud of you. Love Meme❤
Tina & Chris Naimie 08/16/2018 $100.00 Great effort Chris...we are proud to sponsor you. Our donation is in honor of my dad and sister and all that suffer from mental illness. Tina and Chris
Valerie Desrosiers 08/15/2018 $150.00 Mental health is near and dear to me Chris... thanks for all of your effort.
JOYCE TALBOT 08/15/2018 $50.00 So proud of you Chris. My nephew completed the trail last October. Be on the look out on the trail showing "fireproof" was there.
Robert Letellier 08/14/2018 $100.00 Proud of you Chris!!
Patricia Gendron 08/14/2018 $25.00 Way to go, Chris! You are an amazing young man and we wish you the best as you complete your incredible journey. the Gendrons
Huguette Oliver 08/14/2018 $25.00 Chris, I admire what you're doing. I pray for your safety and I'm following you on dad's Facebook. You are blessing so many people. Be safe. Sending hugs to an awesome young man.
Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution 08/13/2018 $240.00  
Sandra Golash 08/13/2018 $50.00 Amazing walk! Great cause. Keep on walking.
Michelle Carson 08/11/2018 $20.00 Keep up the awesome work!!
Karen Bruns 08/08/2018 $25.00 Thank you Chris for bringing understanding to the challenges of mental health, particularly through research for future progress- so much is needed.
Pier Leasing Company Golzbein 08/02/2018 $400.00 I’m proud to sponsor you and this great cause Chris...safe trekking
Jim Nadeau 07/31/2018 $100.00 Keep plugging Chris...great job... great cause
Lynn & John Civali 07/31/2018 $100.00 Sending much love and support to you Chris!
Jennie Rackliff 07/31/2018 $25.00 What an amazing journey! Great work!
Stephen & Suzanne Irish 07/31/2018 $50.00 Very inspirational Chris.
Paula Yetman 07/31/2018 $25.00 Thank you Chris. This month, mental illness struck our family especially hard. One suicide attempt that, thank God, they got through with the help of trained staff here in Maine. And another suicide, unfortunately carried out by a wonderful man, a psychiatrist, step father of my grand niece. Thank you for bringing much needed attention to mental health.
Stacey Skinsacos 07/31/2018 $25.00  
Ryan Webb 07/31/2018 $25.00 Great job man.....making us all proud.
Nichole Raftopoulos 07/31/2018 $302.00 Awesome job Chris!
Pat & Mike Paquette 07/31/2018 $25.00 Mental health issues play a major role in my family. Finding more help for those suffering with mental health issues is very important. God bless you for doing what you’re doing to help. Good luck to you Chris.
Kevin Partridge 07/27/2018 $500.00 Saco Valley Credit Union would like to wish you the best of luck with your adventure and fundraising efforts!
Dave and Chrissy Goyet 07/27/2018 $20.00 Great job Chris-what you are doing is quite incredible.
Robert Quentin 07/27/2018 $1,000.00 Saco & Biddeford Savings is proud to support you! Best of luck as you finish your hike.
Billy Covens 07/25/2018 $200.00 Good Luck Chris from the Covens family.
Rich Meoli 07/25/2018 $100.00  
Maine Capital Group 07/25/2018 $1,000.00 Great cause and good luck!!
Agnes Jones 07/25/2018 $100.00 Chris I love you and can’t wait to see you. Great job with your hiking. I love you much. Gram
Mark Fortier 07/24/2018 $250.00  
Henry Barber 07/23/2018 $100.00 Chris...thanks for sharing and doing...great work. Good luck with the remainder of the hike.
Kenda, Brian & Connor Bouffard 07/23/2018 $50.00 Good luck, Chris!
David Giarusso 07/18/2018 $200.00 Great cause and great effort Chris. Stay the course.
Jim Godbout 07/17/2018 $100.00 stay the line Chris, keep family as your inspiration
Jackie Harrison 07/16/2018 $18.00 Chris, you’re growin up to have a giving and loving heart just like your dad. You are helping make the world a better place. Love to you for your kindness and thoughtfulness on this extremely difficult journey. So many will appreciate your efforts.
Kathy Whitten 07/16/2018 $20.00 Great work Chris... keep persevering along this looong trek.
Donna Dusseault 07/16/2018 $20.00 Such a great cause Chris and such great effort on your part.
Bill and Liz Baynes 07/12/2018 $100.00 Happy to Help!
BRENDA DUGGAN 07/11/2018 $25.00 Thank you for doing this, you are walking for my daughter also, she is bipolar and struggles daily. Thank you for your wonderful words of wisdom.
Brad Lodge 07/11/2018 $100.00 Good luck Chris ! You're an inspiration to all.
Steve Lavallee 07/11/2018 $50.00 Good Luck!
King Weinstein 07/11/2018 $250.00 Great job Chris... keep inspiring.
Pam Plasse 07/11/2018 $25.00 Joe and I are very proud of you! A great cause
Michael Banks 07/10/2018 $500.00  
Mary Ellen Connell 07/10/2018 $200.00 Bless you Chris. Our family has had a very tragic event and know all too well about anxiety and depression. Travel well!
Kevin Savage 07/10/2018 $100.00  
Jeff Quirk 07/10/2018 $300.00 Great job Chris
Shawn & Francine Anton 07/10/2018 $50.00 Good Luck Chris!!
Anita Colpitts 07/10/2018 $50.00 This is a wonderful mission you are on. good luck and be safe.
Nancy Auten 07/10/2018 $20.00 God Bless you Chris!
John & Heather Rose 07/10/2018 $100.00 Best of luck in your amazing adventure!
The Scavenger Princess 07/04/2018 $50.00  
Chris Jones 07/02/2018 $100.00  
Mark Utman 06/27/2018 $100.00 Invisible Man
Kevin Kenneally 06/07/2018 $25.00 It’s been awesome seeing the updates from your trek, friend–you’ve got a great outlook on life. It’s a bummer that we haven’t been in touch much since high school, but I hope you’re having the time of your life and learning a lot about yourself on this journey. Keep doing you!
Mary Sexton Sands 05/17/2018 $25.00  
Kimberly Sawyer 05/13/2018 $10.00 This donation was made via check from Lisa Valeriani
Jared Furtado 04/22/2018 $500.00  
Stephen Martin 04/13/2018 $100.00 Chris, Many of us are envious of your sprint of adventure. You are so accurate that Mental Illness has effected so many families. You are carrying the torch of great men in your family. Be safe - The Martin family
Bobbie and Tim Roberts 04/12/2018 $50.00 Chris, It's your journey. We can't wait to hear about your experience . We love you and are happy for you to take this amazing challenge. Aunt Bobbie and Uncle Tim
Larry and Debbie Laverriere 04/11/2018 $100.00 Good luck Chris, can't wait to hear about your adventures.
Jacob Albert 04/08/2018 $50.00  
Olivia Jones 04/07/2018 $200.00 I love you my brutta! Thanks for blazing the trail out there...I can't wait to walk across your dusted over footprints some day. This trip will be perfect, no matter which unexpected treasures it unfolds for you, xo
Brittany Sawyer 04/07/2018 $50.00 Can’t wait to meet you at the finish line ! - Britt and Fitz
Tanguay Ashly 04/07/2018 $25.00 Way to go Chris Jones!
DJ Shannon 04/06/2018 $40.00 Love you bro good luck
John Butler 04/05/2018 $50.00 So pumped for you, and can’t wait to meet you at the finish dude! Have a blast.
Deb King 04/05/2018 $25.00 May your most challenging days become some of your most memorable. Enjoy your hiking your own hike!
Barbie Jones 04/05/2018 $1,000.00 Best Wishes Chris. Dad and I are so happy that you are getting the opportunity to accomplish this goal and we are beyond proud that your are turning it into a fundraiser in support of mental health.❤ we love you more than you know❣
Nicole Clark 04/04/2018 $30.00 You got this Chris, sending much support, love prayers your way!!
Lauren McGovern 03/30/2018 $100.00 Best of moments to guide you along your path! I am confident this will be the number one mindfulness experience! Take care!
Sam Green 03/28/2018 $100.00 Meet you at katahdin!
Sandra Trottier 03/22/2018 $50.00  
Nichole Raftopoulos 03/22/2018 $100.00  
Nick Laverriere 03/22/2018 $100.00  
Kimberly Sawyer 03/22/2018 $100.00 Live you adventure Christopher. We are all with you every step of the way♥️ Auntie Kim and Uncle Mike
Matt Letellier 03/22/2018 $20.00 Good luck bones! Don’t forget some fruit snacks!
Laura Letellier 03/22/2018 $50.00 B, you’re so amazing!! Have the time of your life
Anthony Wilson 03/22/2018 $50.00 Good luck brotha this is a great thing you’re doin, hopefully I’ll be able to do part of it with you!
Sarah Buckley 03/22/2018 $100.00 So proud of who you are, Chris! I love you!
Michele Tanguay 03/22/2018 $50.00  
Justine Bouthot 03/21/2018 $25.00 I love everything about this cause & your message. Thank you for putting yourself out there and advocating for mental health!! Good luck on your journey!
Scott Callahan 03/21/2018 $25.00  
Chris Jones 03/21/2018 $250.00  
Nick Gagne 03/21/2018 $50.00  
Nancy Pham 03/21/2018 $50.00 Good luck on your adventure Bones!!! Stay safe!
Denise & Peter Wilson 03/21/2018 $50.00 Enjoy the hike Chris. You are an amazing young man
  Total $12,325.00  
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