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 1-800-273-8255,1-866-488-7386 741-741
|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|