‘Ride Don’t Hide’ event right around the corner

Event in support of mental health has three routes for bikers of every level

Ride Don’t Hide, a charity bike ride that organizers hope will raise funds to help and support those with mental health needs, takes place on Sunday, June 26.

Bikers, who will take the St. Clair River Trail, includes a 10 km family route, a 20 km recreational route and a 50 km route for those who enjoy a challenge.

Registration for the event is being done online. Once you’re at the site, click “Register.”

The Canadian Mental Health Association is organizing the event. As one of Canada’s oldest non-profit organizations, the CMHA, founded in 1918, provides service to more than 100,000 Canadians each year in 135 different communities.

Below is the 2016 video for the event:

The organization was founded by Dr. Clarence M. Hincks, Dr. Charles K. Clarke, and Clifford W. Beers, who were part of the Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene. At first the group focused on war recruits and examination of post-war immigrants. Today the organization reaches out to those who are unaware of mental illness, to those who are diagnosed with mental illness, and to those who have been affected by mental illness.

The CMHA’s Ride Don’t Hide is held in 35 different communities, hoping to have 8,000 participants. Its first movement began on August 1, 2010 by a Vancouver teacher and newspaper columnist, Michael Schratter. Schratter had embarked on a global journey, completing 40,000km across 6 continents (33 countries), raising money for the CMHA. His mission was to bring awareness of mental illness and to share stories with people all over the world. The bike ride is not a competition with different routes for various riders. Many riders will participant because of the enjoyment of the ride and for the physical challenge. Others will come do it to raise money that will affect Canadians and their mental illness.

Facts about Mental Illness:

  • 1 in 5 Canadians will suffer from mental illness
  • 1 in 7 women experience depression
  • About 1 in 8 Canadians experience a mood disorder
  • 1 in 9 Canadians (15+) sought help for a mental health concern
  • About 1.2 million Canadian children and youth experience a mental illness, but only 20% receive help

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