Brittany Sundquist's Fundraising Page
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I am hiking the Lone Star Trail, the longest footpath in Texas, not only for my mental health but also to inform and bring awareness to mental health issues that affect many every day. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety for many years, I know how troubling and disheartening it can be. I know the struggle of not wanting to get out of bed, of hoping that I could sleep the day away so I would not have to face the world. The struggle of not being able to perform simple everyday tasks (like a phone call) because of some unknown fear that I would somehow screw it up. The struggle of not understanding why I am not happy… To have a wonderful husband, a beautiful child, all the things I need…and still not want to exist.

I found my joy and peace in hiking. I found a love for outdoors and a calmness in just being human from hiking. I found that when I accomplished a simple mile, I felt a reward like none other. When I hike I feel in control…I feel the weight of all my struggles melt away with every step…I feel HAPPY…

Mental illness is a horrible thing. It take those we love away from us, whether it be mentally or physically. I am so thankful that I had family and friends who supported me and helped carry my baggage so that I could better myself and get healthy again. Not everyone has that privilege. Many are suffering on their own because others may not understand and be scared or feel unfit to help. Many are suffering alone because they will not ask for help. Mental illness is scary, but it is not something to be scared of. We must face mental illness head on.

I am hoping that through my journey I can bring more light and hope for those suffering from mental health issues. I have registered my 118 mile thru-hike with HIKE for Mental Health. If you are able, I hope you will donate to help others and help preserve our trails, so that the many like me who find our mental peace outdoors can continue to do so. I hope each and every one of you will take the time to better understand mental health and how you could better love the ones around you.

If you are suffering from mental illness, or are just having a bad day. Take a breath, step outside, and take a walk. Let go of the things that you fear and just be.

 

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

ABOUT My HIKE for Mental Health

1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.

I am taking a HIKE for Mental Health so I can raise funds for a great cause, reduce the stigma of mental illness, and help preserve wilderness trails.

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.

Supporters
Name Date Amount Comments
Stephen Sundquist 10/20/2018 $105.00  
Suzanne Bullard 10/17/2018 $25.00 I am so proud of you!
Becky Smith 10/13/2018 $50.00 Take care, we will be thinking about you
Joyce Archibald 10/11/2018 $50.00 You will be in our prayers. Best wishes.
Kara M 10/10/2018 $150.00 So glad you are doing this challenge. Mental health is so important to me as I struggle with heavy anxiety every day. Keep being an inspiration to others and have a great hike!
Lorri Miller 10/10/2018 $30.00 Hiking for happiness!! Love you and your courage!!
Terri Van Gorp 10/09/2018 $25.00 So proud of you! I hope you will start a blog of your hiking adventures!
Mary Creppon 10/08/2018 $10.00 We love you Britt! XO
Betty Creppon 10/08/2018 $25.00 So so proud of u, sweetheart ❤️
Meghan Wiseman 10/08/2018 $30.00 Good luck Brittany!
Martha Jarosek 10/08/2018 $100.00 So very proud of you Brittany
  Total $600.00  
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