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I have been affected by mental illness my entire life. I, myself battle Post traumatic stress disorder and Bipolar disorder, which often brings Anxiety along with it. I experience episodes of extreme highs and extreme lows and am overwhelmed more often than not. 

In the past 5 years, I've lost two of my closest friends to suicide; my brother murdered our Mother; and my Sister died half-way through my "Hike to Heal" on the Appalachian Trail, all stemmed from untreated or unmanaged mental illness(es).  When asked, "how do you survive something like this," my answer is hiking.

On May 15, 2019, my Tramily (Trail Family), J-Crew will reunite on my birthday and anniversary of the start and completion of my AT Thru Hike.  We will Hike for Mental Health and we will do it together. 

I aim to help educate those who know so little about mental illness, those who judge, and those who suffer from an illness or illnesses that often lead to a feeling of complete isolation.

Please take the time to learn more, to help someone in need and to change the stigma surrounding mental health.  Thank you!  

Thanks to my J-Crew, and the crew at Hike for Mental Health for all you do! Thanks AT!

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.

Name Date Amount Comments
Zola Fisk 05/14/2019 $100.00  
Shari Messmer 05/14/2019 $100.00 Love you, Bethy
Virginia Mclean 05/14/2019 $100.00 Beth, I have depression and have been treated with ECT numerous times. I know how people struggle with this disease.
David Althoff 05/12/2019 $100.00  
Dan Burns 05/11/2019 $20.00 Thanks for the opportunity to help.
Charles Messmer 05/10/2019 $100.00 In rememberance of those our family lost.
Billy Connolly 05/06/2019 $100.00  
Katie Robertson 05/02/2019 $100.00 For JCrew
  Total $720.00