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Ride Don’t Hide 2017 Backgrounder

June 26, 2017: Record-breaking Ride Don’t Hide event raises over $1.5 million for mental health across Canada (view PDF)
More than 6,700 riders take part in Canada’s largest mental health bike ride, breaking down stigma and building a community of hope

June 14, 2017: Ride Don’t Hide Urges Canadians to Become Mental Health Motivators
Canada’s Largest Mental Health Bike Ride Brings Together Community Role Models to Fight Stigma and Encourages Help-Seeking Behaviour

May 29, 2017: Ride Don’t Hide Makes Strides in the Fight Against Stigma
Recent Stats Show More Canadians Than Ever Before Are Talking About Their Mental Health 

Ride Don’t Hide in the news

June 23, 2017: Vancouver Sun
22-year-old sharing message of hope after suicide attempt, mental illness (VIDEO)
Two months ago, Paige Willfong-Mackie tried to kill herself. Now she is speaking out to help others who feel as hopeless as she did.

June 23, 2017: Global News 
Cycling fundraiser to honour legacy of late Penticton radio host
Cyclists are gearing up for the annual Ride Don’t Hide fundraiser on Sunday in support of the CMHA, but this year’s event will be bittersweet for those in Penticton.

June 23, 2017: Langley Times
Langley cyclists Ride Don’t Hide this Sunday
Mental health cause hits home for Langley participants

June 23, 2017: Blackburn News (Midwestern News)
Ride Don’t Hide Event For Mental Health In Owen Sound Sunday
CMHA Grey Bruce expects about 300 people to come out to Kelso Beach Park in Owen Sound Sunday morning for the fourth annual Ride Don’t Hide Event.

June 22, 2017: InfoTel News (Kamloops)
Ride Don’t Hide for mental health gets underway in Kamloops this weekend
A community bike ride aimed at breaking the stigma around mental illness will take place in Kamloops this weekend.

June 22, 2017: Regina Leader Post
‘There is so much to live for': How Paige Willfong-Mackie recovered from her suicide attempt (VIDEO)
In April, Paige Willfong-Mackie tried to kill herself. She survived and since then the 22-year-old Moose Jaw woman has fought to recover and cope with her mental health.

June 22, 2017: Sun Times, Owen Sound
Ride Don’t Hide cycling event at Kelso Sunday
A few hundred cyclists are anticipated to arrive at Owen Sound’s Kelso Beach Sunday morning for the 4th annual Ride Don’t Hide event.

June 22, 2017: 104.7 Heart FM
Riding Together for Mental Health
There’s still time to sign up for the CMHA Oxford Ride Don’t Hide event happening this weekend.

June 21, 2017: Kamloops This Week
This weekend, they’re riding, not hiding
Every year Phyllis Wilson throws her leg over her bike to begin Ride Don’t Hide, she thinks of those still looking for help.

June 21, 2017: Nanaimo News Bulletin
Ride Don’t Hide pedals for mental health this weekend (VIDEO)
Cyclists will be out in the open as CMHA holds its Ride Don’t Hide mental health awareness, fundraising bicycle ride Sunday.

June 20, 2017: Victoria News
Courtnall returns for Ride Don’t Hide Sunday
Former NHL player Geoff Courtnall returns for his second Ride Don’t Hide this weekend.

June 20, 2017: Hamilton Spectator
Ride Don’t Hide: Celebrating advances in mental health care and support
This year’s ride in support of mental health awareness is being held this Sunday, June 25, writes volunteer Roger Trull.

June 20, 2017: CHCH (Hamilton)
Ride Don’t Hide (VIDEO)
Nick Petrella and Trish Chant-Sehl sat down with Morning Live to talk about about the Hamilton Ride Don’t Hide at the McMaster University Student Centre.

June 20, 2017: North Channel Current (Sault Ste. Marie)
Island Cyclist Joins Ride Don’t Hide
Dr. Janet McLeod of St. Joseph Island is an avid cyclist and advocate for mental health.

June 20, 2017: Sudbury Star
CMHA Ride Don’t Hide on June 25
The CMHA is expecting more than 10,000 cyclists to ride for mental health in 35 communities across Canada, including Sudbury.

June 19, 2017: CBC News
Penticton radio host who took his life was ‘passionate advocate’ for mental health, says widow
‘He wouldn’t want anyone to think that this is the answer,’ says widow.

June 19, 2017: Castanet (Penticton)
`Take care of yourself’
eremy McGoran was remembered during a public service attended by hundreds, Monday at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

June 19, 2017: Winnipeg Free Press
Bike ride aims to break mental-health stigma
Sean Miller is so passionate about his work at CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg that he spends some of his free time volunteering for Ride Don’t Hide.

June 18, 2017: Hamilton Spectator
Jodi embraces the road in Ride Don’t Hide: Registration open for mental health fundraiser
Jodi Voutour has a bad knee, but it won’t keep her from logging 20 km on two wheels Sunday in the Ride Don’t Hide fundraiser to support mental health.

June 18, 2017: Times Colonist
Our Community: Olympic cyclist says we need to talk about depression
Gillian Carleton, a bronze medal-winning cyclist in the London Olympics, has publicly come out about her struggles with depression and anxiety disorders and now speaks out in support and recognition of mental illness.

June 16, 2017: CJFC Today
Ride Don’t Hide Kamloops
CMHA presents Ride Don’t Hide 2017, Sunday June 25th at Centennial Park.

June 16, 2017: Vernon Morning Star
Cycling creates mental health awareness
North Okanagan residents will get on their bikes and join friends, family, colleagues, classmates and other community members to pedal towards the ultimate goal of ending the stigma of mental illness.

June 16, 2017: Penticton Herald
Ride Don’t Hide Urges Local Community to Honour Legacy of Mental Health Champion Jeremy McGoran
Jeremy McGoran will be remembered at the Ride Don’t Hide event in Penticton scheduled for Sunday, June 25.

June 15, 2017: Prince George Citizen
Family grieving radio personality’s suicide
One of Prince George’s broadcasting families is suffering through a tragedy this week.

June 14, 2017: Kelowna Capital News
Honouring McGoran by supporting Ride Don’t Hide
CMHA said the best way to honour Jeremy McGoran is to continue his passionate support of the upcoming Ride Don’t Hide event.

June 14, 2017: Castanet (Penticton)
Pedalling for Mental Health
This year’s CMHA “Ride Don’t Hide” event will carry extra significance in Penticton on June 25, with the recent death of one of the event’s organizers.

June 13, 2017: Sarnia Observer
Sarnia schools hold third annual Ride Don’t Hide
CMHA officials are hopeful an elementary school event in Sarnia will spread across the country.

June 13, 2017: Brampton Guardian
Cyclists from Peel will tackle some tough hills for fundraiser
Riders taking part in the CMHA Peel Dufferin’s fundraiser each have inspiring stories of courage that they hope will inspire others.

June 12, 2017: Woodstock Sentinel Review
Paton family of Woodstock will champion the 2017 Ride Don’t Hide Event in honour of George Paton
This year the Woodstock Paton family is acting as the event champions and took on the role to honour and celebrate the life George Paton, who died last year.

June 12, 2017: Global Winnipeg
Cycling to support mental health programs (VIDEO)
CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg’s Sean Miller speaks with Shannon Cuciz on Global News Morning in Winnipeg

June 11, 2017: The Sarnia Journal
400 riders could roll out on community Ride Don’t Hide
A sea of cyclists will be off and riding from the Mooretown Sports Complex this month.

June 10, 2017: CFJC (Kamloops)
Ride Don’t Hide (VIDEO)
Christa Haywood-Farmer and Shelley Trudeau from CMHA Kamloops visit CFJC Midday for an interview on Ride Don’t Hide.

June 9, 2017:104.7 Heart FM (Oxford)
Riding in his memory
CMHA Oxford Executive Director Mike McMahon explains why they decided to honour the Patons on Sunday June 25th.

June 4, 2017: Castanet (Vernon)
Riding for the health of it
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed about, and later this month thousands of people will show their support and unity.

June 4, 2017: The Hamilton Spectator
Ride for mental health
The Canadian Mental Health Association is hosting its annual Ride, Don’t Hide community bike ride in celebration and support of people living with mental illness on June 25.

June 2, 2017: SOO Today (Sault Ste. Marie)
Busy bankers care about our health
TD Canada Trust bankers use exercise bike to help with upcoming Ride Don’t Hide event

June 1, 2017: Hamliton News
Canadian Mental Health Association’s Ride Don’t Hide at McMaster
Dust off your bikes, pull out the Lycra, and spring into action as the CMHA in Hamilton launches its annual Ride Don’t Hide fundraising campaign.

June 1, 2017: CTV News Regina
Ride Don’t Hide with CMHA
Stacey Carmichael and Shannon Patton from CMHA Regina joins CTV Morning Live to talk Ride Don’t Hide.

May 31, 2017: Sault Star
Mental health activist Melissa Cutler among those registered for Ride Don’t Hide, a Canadian Mental Health Association fund- and awareness-raising event June 25
Melissa Cutler will have four-legged accompaniment on her two wheels. Service dog Pippa will accompany Cutler for Ride Don’t Hide.

May 31, 2017: 104.7 Heart FM (Woodstock)
Hitting the Road for Mental Health
Ride Don’t Hide will bring people together in a show of solidarity while raising funds for local mental health projects.

May 28, 2017: The Peterboough Examiner
Donations sought for summer book sale in Hastings
The Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) will hold their 2nd annual Ride Don’t Hide.

May 26, 2017: The Wave 102.3 (Nanaimo)
Ride Don’t Hide
Interview on Ride Don’t Hide with event MC Daryl Major

May 25, 2017: Sun Times, Owen Sound
Cyclists ‘get loud’ for mental health openness
A small but noisy and colourfully dressed group of cyclists drew attention as it rode through downtown Owen Sound over the lunch hour Thursday.

May 25, 2017: Bayshore Broadcasting (Owen Sound)
Bike Flash Mob in Owen Sound (AUDIO)
Anyone who supports mental health rights is invited to be part of a ‘Bike Flash Mob’ in downtown Owen Sound.

May 24, 2017: SooToday (Sault Ste. Marie)
‘Ride Don’t Hide’ for mental health
Goal is to raise $10,000 to support CMHA Sault Ste. Marie

May 24, 2017: Delta Optimist
Mental Health centre looks to raise profile
A mental health organization vital to the community is looking to raise its profile and funds to help enhance the services it provides.

May 18, 2017: CTV London
Ride Don’t Hide (VIDEO)
Eric shares why he is joining the third annual Ride Don’t Hide in London, Ontario.

May 16, 2017: Extra Peterborough
You’re invited to take part in ‘Ride Don’t Hide’ event (AUDIO)
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge are inviting you to participate in ‘Ride Don’t Hide’.

May 12, 2017: CHEX TV (Peterborough)
Cycling for mental health at Ride Don’t Hide (VIDEO)
On June 25th at Nicholls Oval in Peterorough, the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association will again host the “Ride Don’t Hide” event. It raises funds to help a program which assists children in learning about their own mental well-being.

May 12, 2017: The Peterborough Examiner
CMHA seeks 250 riders for June 25 Ride Don’t Hide fundraiser in Peterborough
The second annual Ride Don’t Hide fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge branch will be held next month in Nicholls Oval.

May 11, 2017: CBC Here And Now (Toronto)
Judy Brunton
The town of Aurora told Judy Brunton that her fundraising lawn sign for the Canadian Mental Association was illegal and she had to remove it. This is her conversation with Gill Deacon

May 10, 2017: The Auroran
Activist will fight to keep sign promoting mental health
Speaking up on the issue of mental health is a topic many shy away from. Certain stigmas surround the concept of mental illness which often prevent people from taking that extra step in getting the help they need.

May 10, 2017: Aurora Banner
Aurora resident forced to remove Canadian Mental Health Association sign
An Aurora resident has spent years campaigning for mental health. A sign reading “Help support CMHA York and South Simcoe” has been on Judy Brunton’s front lawn more than a year.

May 9, 2017: Waterloo Region Record
You can help
The following are volunteer opportunities in Kitchener-Waterloo. Join the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington for the Ride Don’t Hide in St. Jacobs on June 25 to raise awareness and funds for mental health services in our community.

May 7, 2017: Times Colonist (Victoria)
Ride Don’t Hide
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, herself a bicycle enthusiast, recently kicked off the campaign, a fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association, to promote mental health. This is the sixth year of the cross-country event.

May 4, 2017: CKPG News (Prince George)
Our Community: Fundraiser promotes mental health (VIDEO)
A team from the local Canadian Mental gathered this morning at the CN Centre parking lot to kick off its ‘Ride Don’t Hide’ campaign for mental health.

May 3, 2017: Windsor Star
‘Ride Don’t Hide’ cycling event joins mental illness fight (VIDEO)
Cyclists of all ages are being asked to participate in a mental health awareness event designed to raise funds for programs within the local Canadian Mental Health Association.

May 3, 2017:
Windsor Ride Don’t Hide event set for June 25
The designated champion for Ride Don’t Hide in Windsor wants people to use the event to come together as a community and share a story about mental illness.

April 20, 2017: Summerland Review
Ride to end mental health stigma
Suffering in silence. Like many people who endure daily the emotional pain and internal turmoil of mental health issues, that’s how Jeremy McGoran lived his life.

April 19, 2017: EZ Rock (Penticton)
Ride Don’t Hide Campaign Kicks Off
The official launch for the ‘Ride Don’t Hide’ event for the Canadian Mental Health Association was held on Skaha Lake Road on Tuesday morning.

April 19, 2017:
Cyclists Union: Some pretty cool developments coming to city’s biking infrastructure
Here are some of the events that are coming up for cyclists in Greater Sudbury.

April 18, 2017: Castanet (Kelowna)
Ride Don’t Hide returning
The Canadian Mental Health Association is dusting off its bikes for another Ride Don’t Hide fundraiser.

April 18, 2017: Penticton Herald
Don’t suffer in silence, public told at Ride Don’t Hide launch
Penticton’s mayor revealed Tuesday that he counts a pair of former local radio personalities among his personal heroes.

April 11, 2017: The Peterborough Examiner
Volunteering for Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge office a family affair for Peterborough family
Jim and Mary-Jane Rainey are two local volunteers who just can’t help enough.

April 11, 2017: Blackburn News (Sarnia)
2017 Ride Don’t Hide Launched
This year’s Ride Don’t Hide for mental health will involve 10,000 bicycle riders across Canada, including 400 from Lambton-Kent.

April 5, 2017: (Kamloops)
Volunteer Kamloops weekly volunteer highlights
Volunteers who have a good work ethic, integrity, and the ability to work independently or with others are wanted for the Ride Don’t Hide event, held on Sunday, June 25th.

March 23, 2017: CTV Kitchener
Racing around Conestoga Mall on tiny tricycles (VIDEO)
Find out why a politician, a hockey player and a police officer were racing each other on tricycles

March 23, 2017: Waterloo Region Record
Ride don’t hide
Guelph Storm captain Garrett McFadden, raced Fred Wagner at the Conestoga Mall during a promotion Tuesday for the Ride Don’t Hide cycling event.

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