Canada’s Ride for Mental Health

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

Countdown is on!

This Sunday June 24th is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s 2018 Ride Don’t Hide!

Your support makes the difference in so many lives across Canada. The funds raised will benefit those in your community by supporting essential mental health programs. Programs that change lives. Programs that save lives.

Are you ready to Ride?

Registration and Rider packet pick-up details can be found on your local Ride Don’t Hide page. Find everything you need under Locations.

Why do you ride?

Meet some of the people that this program has impacted and read their heartfelt stories in our blog section. Want to share your story? Contact us at

Share your ride.

Share your stories, photos and videos of the day by tagging us:

@cmhanational and #ridedonthide #cmha100 

Ride and Win!

Have you checked out the fundraising prizes? You can find them here. Raise funds until July 312018 to qualify. Winners will be announced August 20, 2018.

Come ride with us – ride for mental health!

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Ride Don't Hide

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 seven provinces in in more than 30 communities. Supported by the fundraising efforts of more than 7,500 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.



The Cause

Join Ride Don’t Hide To

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.
  • 1 in 8 Canadians experience a mood disorder like depression in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 25 Canadians experienced a substance use disorder this year.
  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures.

How common is it?

  • By age 40, 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
  • 1 in 9 Canadians, 15 years and older, sought help for a mental health concern this year.
  • More than 1.2 million 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, 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.


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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