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Hike for Mental Health

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From July 3rd – 27th, 2011, Tracy Carney who is one of the board members for PMHCA, is attempting to hike 145 miles on the Appalachian Trail in Maine.  Her purpose for this hike is to raise awareness about recovery from mental illness, and to raise money for the PMHCA Education Fund.  The fund will support people who are in mental health recovery with the cost of educational training.

I had the opportunity to meet Tracy at the PMHCA Conference, and had told her I would be more then happy to  spread the word about her hike for mental health.  She seems like a wonderful person, and I know that PMHCA  is a tremendous organization here in Pennsylvania.

I would encourage folks to consider making a tax deductible contribution to”

The Pemmsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA)
4105 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact PMHCA at either 1-800-887-6422   or through their website at http://pmhca.org

If I happen to get any updates on how Tracy is doing on her trek, I’ll try and get an update for folks on here.  I know she was excited about doing this, and that here ultimate goal is to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.  This is not an easy task from what I understand, even to hike a portion of it is a challenge.  In many ways, her hike, in my opinion is very similar to the journey many take when they work towards recovery from mental illness.  it is a challenge many of us face every day, and I’m sure that just like there are days when I would love to throw in the towel and say I’ve had enough of this journey, there will be times that Tracy may feel the same thing about her hike.  Other times I can’ wait to see what happens next on my journey of recovery, and it is moments like those that keep me going, much like what I imagine will help Tracy to keep going on her hike.  The times when everything seems like it couldn’t get any better are the times that I hang on to and keep me going during the times when things are rough and well not going quite as well as I planned.  So I hope that Tracy has lots of moments of perfection to keep her going, and that she has a safe hike and that her Friends she’s carrying with her help keep her focused on her goal.

Side note, I would have posted this sooner, but the information got swallowed by my desk and I had to clean my desk off before I could locate the information, so my sincere apologies on not getting this out sooner….. my disorganized life is to blame for this one, but I would like to say that I am actively working on getting better organized and I opted to make my first project on that journey to not only clean off my desk so I can use it, but also to work on maintaining it so it will be a functional item and not a mound of clutter.

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