All Of Us Can Do Great Things.
Hike the Borderline is all about self-love and breaking the stigma surrounding mental heath issues, particularly borderline personality disorder (BPD). We hope to be an inspiration to those who struggle with their mental health and those along the BPD spectrum to show the world that individuals with BPD and other mental illnesses can achieve great things, no matter where they are on their road to recovery.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior. These symptoms often result in impulsive actions and problems in relationships.
BPD exists on a spectrum, and everyone's experiences are unique and different - not everyone with BPD experiences all symptoms of it, making it difficult to say concretely what BPD is and isn't, but it is characterized by a few key things:
Intense and often uncontrollable emotional responses and mood swings
Unintentional characterization of people and situations as 100% good or 100% bad and the inability to see an in between (called "splitting").
A lack of a sense of self-identity, or a distorted or disconnected self-image
Crushing fear of abandonment and severe trust issues leading to difficulty maintaining relationships
Self-destructive behavior, including substance abuse, excessive risk-taking, and suicidal thoughts and tendencies
BPD is one of the most deadly mental illnesses, with a suicide attempt rate of 80% of those with BPD and a death by suicide rate of 10%.
Cassidy Camp is a 23 year-old animal lover, outdoor enthusiast, and at-risk youth advocate. She has struggled with mental health issues since her early teens and was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2017.
Mason Remillard is a 23 year competitive skeet and trap shooter, mountain biker, and family man. He has loved and supported Cassidy through her daily struggles with her mental health.
On Independence Day of 2019, two individuals will embark on the most challenging and strenuous journey of their lives to spread awareness for their cause.
Mental health advocates Cassidy Camp and Mason Remillard plan to hit the trail - the Appalachian Trail - heading southbound for an estimated six months of walking from Maine to Georgia, and hope to inspire those struggling with mental illness to do great things on their journey.
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