Thousands of Canadians to ‘Ride Don’t Hide’ for mental health

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Ride Don't Hide

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Sault Ste. Marie invites the community of cyclists and non-cyclists alike to join the movement that’s sweeping the nation.

On June 26, 2016, Canadians from all walks of life will join the fourth annual Ride Don’t Hide community bike ride in celebration and support of mental health. CMHA is expecting more than 6,000 cyclists to ride for mental health on June 26, 2016 in 32 communities across Canada, including Sault Ste. Marie.

“Ride Don’t Hide is an opportunity to come together as a community and say mental health is important to me, and it’s ok to talk about,” says Lisa Carricato, Mental Health Educator, CMHA Sault Ste. Marie “We are so thankful for the support from the community, and those who have shared their personal stories of why mental health is important to them.”

Local Rider and Mental Health Advocate, Melissa Cutler says “This ride is so important to me because so many people struggle with mental illness and not everyone is comfortable talking about it because there is such stigma.   Ride Don’t Hide can help spread the word and let people know that they are NOT alone and that many people are fighting alongside with them.”

The Ride Don’t Hide movement began with Michael Schratter, a Vancouver school teacher living with bipolar disorder, who spent almost a year and a half cycling 40,000 km around the globe. Armed with only his bike, a knapsack and the determination to realize his dream of raising awareness and empowering those who experience mental illness, his story inspired millions of people and raised $100,000 for CMHA.

The fourth annual Ride Don’t Hide community bike ride continues to inspire and aims to raise $1,500,000 across Canada.

Ride Don’t Hide is open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Registration is $35 for youth and adults and free for children 12 and under. Individuals, families and teams can register online at http://ridedonthide.com/on/ride/sault-ste-marie/

 

About Ride Don’t Hide

Ride Don’t Hide is an annual community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in celebration and support of mental health for all, with the goal of ending the stigma around mental illness. First launched with Michael Schratter’s 40,000 km ride around the globe in 2010, Ride Don’t Hide is a growing national movement with community bike rides in 32 cities across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. This year CMHA aims to engage more than 8,000 participants and over a dozen schools, and raise $1,500,000 for mental health programs. Join the movement and find your local community ride at ridedonthide.com.