Why I Ride Series: Jeff’s story

Jeff Emmerson is a prominent social media figure and advocates for people living with mental health challenges. He is co-author of Beyond ADHD. Jeff was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario. As a young boy, he would often take walks through Breithaupt Park with his grandmother and her dog. Very fond of his grandmother, Jeff cherishes these moments and remembers that she was an “escape”: a “safe-haven” from the turmoils at home. At the age of 28, Jeff lost his brother, Ryan, to suicide. The untimely loss of Ryan devastated family and friends. “It’s something you never fully recover from,” […]

Choosing The Perfect Bike For Your Ride Don’t Hide Event

Whether for recreational purposes or as a professional sport, cycling’s popularity amongst Canadians is booming. In 2013/14 it was estimated that 12 million Canadians (41% of the population) older than 12 years of age reported that they had cycled during the previous year. Regardless of the fact that males were found to be more likely than females to have cycled in the past year regardless of age, income or level of education the prevalence of women cyclists has continued to increase. Cycling is a fun way to not only improve your fitness and meet new like-minded people but, in the […]

Getting Started: “I just registered for Ride Don’t Hide, what do I do now?”

Congratulations! You have just registered for this year’s Ride Don’t Hide event! I hope you are excited. To avoid having registration regret and feeling overwhelmed on how to even start training, here are some tips on the type of gear you are going to need to gather before starting to train for this year’s Ride Don’t Hide. GEAR 1. You will need a road safe bicycle. Preferably one that has gears, not fixed gears such as a beach cruiser bike would have. Ask your neighbours and friends if they have a bike you can borrow before buying one. If you […]

Why I Ride Series: Mary’s Story

Mary Scheidegger is the Team Captain of Dr’Agonize Dragonboat team of CMHA’s Shuswap/Revelstoke 2018 Ride Don’t Hide. Mary first became involved with the CMHA Shuswap/Revelstoke branch about 16 years ago when her spouse was diagnosed and entered acute care. As a busy mom of three, CMHA was a helpful resource and she is grateful for the impact that they had on her life. Mental health is important to Mary because she believes that it is something that everyone experiences in their lifetime.“Two members of my immediate family live with major mental illness and other family members and friends have daily struggles […]

Why I Ride Series: Quinn’s Story

Quinn Silbermann is the captain of Team SSHB Waterloo and a top fundraiser of CMHA’s Waterloo Wellington 2018 Ride Don’t Hide. Here’s what he has to say about Ride Don’t Hide: The hardest thing to do is start. To roll out of bed. To utter the first words long hushed. To tie your running shoes and take your first strides. To break from habit and to move towards something new, something better. As I sit down to write this piece, the hardest thing to do is start. I am acutely aware. We all have mental health. Let’s start there. It’s […]

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 […]

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