Izzy's Hike for Mental Health
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Izzy's Hike for Mental Health
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Hey there,

After nearly a decade of suffering from mental illness, my road to recovery has led me to hiking from Mexico to Canada. As I have been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail these past few weeks, a great sense of purpose has gradually surfaced. I want to encourage more discussion about and awareness of mental illness and addiction. I hope I can make use of my hiking adventure to fundraise for Mental Health research, because I believe there is still a lot left to be discovered. To me, recovering from depression, anxiety, PTSD and self-harm has been a journey of cognitive shaping and self love.  We need to tune out the stigma and normalize discussion. Too often, we fail to offer those with mental health conditions the same concern and compassion we would show someone with a physical condition. Here I am, trying to take a step towards change. 

Happy trails,

Izzy

ABOUT Pacific Crest Trail

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.

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