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!
|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|