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".
|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|