Canada’s Ride for Mental Health

Ride with us on June 24th and let’s end the stigma

The Event

Ride Don't Hide

The Canadian Mental Health Association, CMHA will host its 6th Annual Ride Don’t Hide event on June 24th, 2018, spanning Canada, from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador.

CMHA’s Ride Don’t Hide is an annual community fundraiser bike ride that supports local mental health programs. It brings together Canadians of all ages and backgrounds to increase awareness, and reduce the discrimination and stigma around mental illness. The event raises funds to benefit critical community programs and services that serve people through in-person counseling, support in the workplace, programs like how to live a full life and many more services throughout each community.

Today, Ride Don’t Hide is hosted in 30 communities across 6 provinces. Be a part of something bigger. Be one of 10,000 Canadians on June 24th 2018 in the Ride Don’t Hide event.


The Cause

Join Ride Don’t Hide To
Show That You Care

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.

Who is affected?

  • 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • About 1 in 8 Canadians experience a mood disorder like depression in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 25 Canadians experienced a substance use disorder this year.

How common is it?

  • 1 in 9 Canadians ages 15 and over sought help for a mental health concern this year.
  • About 1.2 million Canadian children and youth experience a mental illness, but less than 20% receive help.

How Ride Don’t Hide Began

The Ride Don't Hide movement began in 2010 as Michael Schratter embarked on a global journey to cycle 40,000 kilometers, crossing six continents and 33 countries to raise funds for CMHA. Michael’s mission was to bring awareness to the stigma surrounding mental illness by sharing stories around the world.

In 2012, through a partnership ride with CMHA sites Burnaby, and North & West Vancouver in BC, CMHA began hosting Ride Don't Hide community bike rides.

The annual event has since grown with over 7,000 participants in 30 communities across 6 provinces.

Be A Volunteer

End The Stigma

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:

  • Planning Committee member – planning the details of the Ride, engaging champions and advocates
  • Local Implementation Team member – Event day operations, coordinators in first aid, route marshal, participant registration, rest stop, and food service
  • Marketing & communications – social media coordinator, photographer and videographer
  • Community engagement – Speaking engagements, recruitment, coordinating kick off rallies

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.

Ride Don't Hide Anywhere

Be A Part of Something Bigger

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.*

  • Make sure to register for free as a virtual rider.
  • Map out a nice safe route to ride on
  • Fundraise online
  • Ride on June 24th, 2018
  • Take photos and share on social media #ridedonthide

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

*The Canadian Mental Health Association is not liable for any accidents that may occur while you are riding.

School Rides

Host a Ride at Your School

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:

  • The 12 steps to creating a successful ride
  • Promotional material templates (posters, postcards, logos, t-shirt design and ability to purchase)
  • Sample event
  • Pledge forms
  • Access to your own custom fundraising page to send to parents and donors through
  • Key messages

For more information please contact

About CMHA

The Canadian Mental Health Association

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.

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