On June 24, 2018, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) will host its 7th Annual “Ride Don’t Hide” event, the largest mental health bike ride in Canada. Thousands of Canadians from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia aren’t hiding. They are cycling in plain sight to put an end to the stigma of mental illness. They are also riding to raise funds for mental health programs and services in their communities.
CMHA’s Ride Don’t Hide is an annual fundraising bike ride held in six provinces in 31 communities. Supported by the fundraising efforts of more than 7000 riders, Ride Don’t Hide will raise funds for essential programs and services in communities, workplaces and schools – programs that change lives. Programs that save lives.
When we hide, mental health stays hidden. When we ride, we create change. This year, on June 24, ride in plain sight. Ride Don’t Hide. It’s more than the name of the event. It’s also the reason we’re riding.
Help people in your community get the best possible care and support in their recovery from mental illness. Ride Don’t Hide raises awareness and funds that make a significant impact in your community.
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The Ride Don't Hide movement began in 2010 as Michael Schratter, a Vancouver teacher and newspaper columnist, embarked on a global journey to cycle 40,000 kilometers, crossing six continents and 33 countries to raise funds for CMHA BC Division. Michael’s mission was to circumnavigate the world, sharing stories with people in different countries, and in doing so to bring attention and awareness to the stigma surrounding mental illness. People were invited to share their stories and make a promise to help end mental illness stigma on his website, where Michael shared photos, stories and reflections from the road.
To continue Michael’s legacy, CMHA adopted Ride Don’t Hide as their leading anti-mental illness stigma campaign. Lead by CMHA BC Division, the Ride Don’t Hide Community Bike movement began. In 2012, the CMHA Vancouver Community Bike Ride partnered with Ride Don’t Hide. The combined event was a partnership between CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby, North & West Vancouver branches, and BC Division. The Lower Mainland Ride Don’t Hide Community Bike Ride raised $75,000 and engaged 500 participants. In 100 Mile House, CMHA South Cariboo branch held its first Ride Don’t Hide event that engaged over 60 participants and raised over $10,000 for mental health programs and services.
Learn more about the history of Ride Don’t Hide.
Now with 31 communities across 7 provinces and over 7,000 participants annually, Ride Don’t Hide has generated nearly $6 million towards mental health programs and services in communities across Canada.
Volunteers play a vital part in the success of the Ride Don’t Hide event. Our volunteers are passionate and diverse individuals committed to shattering the stigma surrounding mental illness. They may be battling a mental illness themselves or know of someone who has been impacted from mental health illness, stigma and want to make a change. The time they contribute to the Ride Don’t Hide event will differ from role to role. We recruit for various roles throughout the year, including:
Volunteering is not only a great way to make a difference, it’s a chance to change lives so contact your local CMHA branch today to learn more about the volunteer opportunities at your local Ride Don’t Hide event.
If you would like to participate in Ride Don’t Hide but there are no local rides hosted in your community, then the “Ride Don’t Hide Anywhere” is perfect for you!
Ride Don’t Hide Anywhere allows teams the opportunity to register as a virtual rider, raise funds and ride for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Join the Movement and together we can, break the stigma.
How it works
Register a team with three or more friends. Please make sure to include your community name in your team name ie. The Free Wheelers – Prince Rupert.*
Download our Ride Don’t Hide Anywhere Toolkit for inspiration.
It is up to you and your team to design a route that is suitable for your ability*.
If you have questions, or would like to host a larger Ride Don’t Hide Anywhere event, please contact email@example.com.
*The Canadian Mental Health Association is not liable for any accidents that may occur while you are riding.
CMHA has been fortunate to partner with many schools who have hosted a Ride Don’t Hide event for their students.
The event helps bring awareness to youth about mental health and the stigma surrounding mental illness.
To assist schools in building a successful event, a toolkit has been designed. To download the toolkit, click here.
The School Ride Don’t Hide Toolkit includes:
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a strong community presence in hundreds of neighbourhoods across every province, CMHA provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.
So many people face mental illness or addiction. Stigma should not stop us from talking about it or seeking help for it.