Michael Schratter: “Why I Ride”

Why Do I Ride? Quite simply, not to hide. For it is in the hiding, in having mental illnesses remaining carefully hidden and invisible, that allows for the misconceptions, misunderstandings and fear in our society to continue. If we hide, if our friends and family hide, mental illness stigma wins. stigma ˈstɪɡmə/ noun – a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. “I worry that the stigma of being bipolar limits my social and professional opportunities.” The Idea People often ask me as to where I got the idea and gumption to create Ride Don’t Hide, […]

Ride Don’t Hide – June 24th 2018

Welcome to the official launch of this year’s Ride Don’t Hide! 2018 is shaping up to be the biggest ride yet and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Ride Don’t Hide is all about spreading awareness that the stigma that surrounds mental health must end. By coming together, we are showing our support to everyone and anyone who has had experience with mental illness: When we hide, mental health stays hidden. When we ride, we create change! Over 30 communities across the nation are participating in the 6th Annual Ride Don’t Hide event. Over the last 6 years, Ride […]

Thank you for another amazing, record-breaking Ride Don’t Hide!

It was an incredible day for mental health in Canada. On behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), thank you for participating in our largest ever Ride Don’t Hide. Together we are making strides in changing the way we view mental health in Canada and ending the stigma around mental illness. You helped raise over $1.5 million for CMHA programs and services from coast to coast. Together we can still reach our goal of $1.7 million. Let your friends and family know there’s still time to donate! Thank you again for joining the movement. We look forward to seeing […]

Let’s get ready to Ride Don’t Hide!

Can you feel the momentum? We can! We can’t wait welcome you to Ride Don’t Hide on June 25 and want you to have the best ride possible! Here are a few things you might want to think about: Bike Check – Ensure your bike is in good working order. Check that there are no big cuts in your tires, your brakes feel secure, and your tires have the right level of air pressure. Safety Check – Take time to review traffic rules and hand signals, and be courteous about leaving enough room between yourself and other cyclists. Meal Plan […]

Olympic Ambassador Anastasia speaks out

Anastasia Bucsis is a Canadian long track speed skater who has represented Canada at 50 World Cups, six World Championships, as well as competed at the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Anastasia became involved with Ride Don’t Hide as an Olympic Ambassador in 2016 after experiencing her own mental health struggles and was motivated to speak up and help encourage others to seek support. “My diagnosis came twelve months before the Sochi Olympics, and it quite frankly derailed my world. Although it shouldn’t have come as a surprise, I was left feeling confused, alone and utterly helpless. I […]

A Journey We Can Share: Join the ride against stigma

On Sunday, June 26th, 2016, I rode in the Greater Vancouver Ride Don’t Hide. There, amidst a sea of blue shirts and a battalion of bicycles, I witnessed a progressive initiative to reduce stigma and promote mental health discussion. The 1,200 riders who took part in last year’s Ride Don’t Hide struck at the heart of social misconceptions. As an individual who has struggled with mental health challenges, the presence of such a crowd, drawn together for the sole purpose of silencing stigma, was heartwarming. Never have I witnessed such unity for a common cause. As I set off on […]

Riding To Victory at 8 KM/HR

Huzzah! I did it! I rode 20 KM, pretty much nonstop, zipping along at 8 KM/HR. The ride took me nearly 2 and a half hours to complete. I was the last one to return to the stadium. Despite my last place finish, I’m proud of myself. Obviously, I’m proud to have gotten out of my comfort zone. I’d never ridden so publicly before, so riding with hundreds of other riders was daunting. I’m also proud to have tackled the physical challenge of Ride Don’t Hide, breaking my record for longest ride by an impressive 10 kilometers. More so, I’m proud […]

Shoppers Drug Mart LOVE. YOU.: Invisible No More — Victoria’s Story

I was just at the Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide – Greater Vancouver event. 1200 cyclists ready to ride to support mental illness awareness. 1200 cyclists riding to support someone they know or ride for themselves. It was something I had never seen before. Not for mental illness. I kept wanting to poke these people on bikes and say ‘You know this event is for mental illness, right?’ Mental illness has never been as sexy or cool as some of the other causes that are out there. Not that I want to pit pathologies against one another. But getting […]

Andrew’s Training Blog: As the Day Approaches

There’s no question about it: these past three months spent blogging for Ride Don’t Hide have been a journey. A journey that has seen me through many highs and lows. My most sincere hope is that my blog posts have given you (the reader) an introspective peek into my recovery from severe mental illness and addiction. Almost immediately after being tasked with the blog, I relapsed. I relapsed hard. The outpouring of support I’ve received leaves me indebted to many. I couldn’t have come this far without the support of many key figures in my life. Of course, I’m indebted […]

Don’t Worry, Just Ride: Mark’s Story

In 2015, Mark led Canada’s largest Ride Don’t Hide team as captain of “Don’t Worry – Just Ride,” a group that counted 130 riders overall. Considering that more than 6,000 Canadians participated in Ride Don’t Hide last year, building the country’s largest team was no small feat. What’s even more exceptional is that he didn’t do it on purpose. “It is my pleasure to have created the largest team in Canada, though it wasn’t my goal to start out with,” Mark admits. “Because I’m a cyclist, I have a number of friends that cycle already. So we got together. Then […]

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