Jay and Robert's Hike for Mental Health Research & Awareness
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Jay and Robert's Hike for Mental Health Research & Awareness
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Hello friends,

This summer we will be embarking on a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail! (here is a short video highlighting what this will look like for those who are unfamiliar) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIRVCVFSCLw) This will challenge us in many ways physically and mentally, and will take the better part of five months to complete. Along the way we will meet an amazing community of like-minded hikers and make many friends. We both have previous experience with long distance hiking endeavors, with Jay hiking the John Muir Trail in 2014, and Robert hiking 2,000 miles of the Continental Divide Trail also in 2014.

We thought that this adventure would be a great chance to raise awareness for an important cause: Hike for Mental Health. This non-profit organization has a clear vision of a world in which everyone, including those who suffer from mental illness, can find the simple joy of living. Their motivation is to share the joy of hiking while helping those who battle mental illness. We feel personally connected to this organization's mission because hiking as an activity has been such an important part of our lives with regards to maintaining good health, both physically and mentally, and we would love to help make that possible for others.

Eighty percent of the hike donations provide grants that enable scientific research and fund programs aimed at alleviating suffering from mental illness. Every week, science yields better understanding and better treatments for mental illnesses. So much progress has been made, yet the work is not done while so many people and families still battle the diseases and the stigma. We work through the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and their outstanding NARSAD grants program as well as through our own programs to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Twenty percent of the hike donations support preservation of wilderness trails. It is our way of giving back to the people and organizations that make it possible for all of us to enjoy our time on wilderness trails. We partner with well-established trail maintenance organizations to ensure the funds are spent in a responsible and impactful way.

Any amount of donation would be graciously accepted and would provide further motivation for us on our journey, knowing that others are supporting us and contributing to this cause! A pledge of $0.01 per mile of the PCT would be a donation of around $25, and would go a long way towards helping alleviate the pain of those suffering from mental illness, and to help erase the negative stigma associated with it. Any help we can get will be greatly appreciated, and sharing this page on social networks would really help to raise awareness for this cause. Thank you!!

Jay & Robert

ABOUT Pacific Crest Trail 2016

1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.

I chose to make HIKE for Mental Health a part of my Pacific Crest 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
Anonymous Friend 06/01/2016 $100.00 Share your uplifting spirits and joy for living with those you meet along life's path.
Gabriela Crowley 06/01/2016 $30.00  
Eva Van Oosterhout 05/27/2016 $40.00  
Kerry Penman 04/23/2016 $30.00 Good luck Robert, keep safe! Kerry & Mitchell Penman & family
Kerry Rohrmeier 04/19/2016 $75.00  
Peter Van Biljouw 04/14/2016 $50.00  
Robert Uhalde 04/10/2016 $50.00  
Jay Van Biljouw 04/10/2016 $25.00  
Shalaya Y 04/09/2016 $25.00  
Robert Uhalde 04/08/2016 $.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/08/2016 $26.60  
Elizabeth Penman 04/08/2016 $50.00  
Susan Stahlek 04/08/2016 $100.00 Wonderful you guys! Hope to see lots of posts from the trail!
  Total $601.60  
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