One Illinois Man is Walking Across the Country to Raise Money for Mental Health Research

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Caring for one’s mind is just as important as caring for your body, and one Illinois man has made it his mission to show that mental health matters.

With just a back pack and his two feet, Dan Chapman is walking across the country.

"I mean, each day it's hard. Some days, it's even hard to just walk across the street but I'm doing it. I have to do it, and I have to finish it," said Dan Chapman, the man walking across the country. 

Dan started his journey in Maine back in July and plans to keep walking until he lands in California.

"As long as I can help one person that's all that matters," Dan adds. 

Dan is walking to raise money for mental health research, which is something he himself struggles with, along with his father who he lost last year.

"No one wants to talk about mental health, and they’re ashamed of it. So, I figured this is the best way. My dad was ashamed of it, so I decided to start this journey," Dan says. 

That journey has brought him in contact with thousands of people, a number he hopes to grow, so he can continue making a difference.

"You would be surprised. There’s a lot of people who just don't want to talk about it at all, and then they ended up sharing their stories or their friends’ stories," Dan explains. 

Dan met one young man during his journey, which is an interaction that he says has made this walk worthwhile.

"This kid… he was about 19 years old. He used to cut himself all the time, and he was suffering from depression and he ended up talking to me and he still text me every couple of days, and he is still doing fine," Dan remembers.

Opening up to others, with hopes that they will do the same.

"I just hope that people will open up more," said Dan.

Dan is sharing his journey on Facebook.

If you are interested in donating to his cause, you can do so by clicking here. If you would like to learn more about Dan and his journey you can visit his website for his full bio.

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