Reflecting on Five Years of Ride Don’t Hide – Michael’s Story

On August 1, 2010, Michael Schratter, a Vancouver teacher who lives with bipolar disorder, began a solo cycling trip around the world. Over the next year and a half, he would cross six continents, 33 countries, and travel a distance of over 40,000 kilometres. His journey, which became known as “Ride Don’t Hide,” raised over $100,000 dollars for the Canadian Mental Health Association while bringing global attention to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Five years later, Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide has become a national movement for mental health. In 2015, over 27 communities will host rides across the […]

Mental Health at Work: Melanie’s Story

Melanie opens up about her lived experience with bipolar disorder, particularly in how mental illness can be perceived at work. In 2014, Melanie, a financial services professional and native Calgarian, rode in the city’s first-ever Ride Don’t Hide event. By participating in the ride, she spoke out on her experience with bipolar disorder — a mood disorder that affects around 2% of the population, and involves episodes of both intense depression and mania. “My experience with my bipolar is that I can go up and down in a day. You never know what to expect, which is really daunting,” she says. […]

Welcome to the 2015 Ride Don’t Hide Training Blog by Sugoi Performance Apparel!

Congratulations on committing to joining hundreds of other Canadians in bringing awareness to mental health.  Many people ride for the enjoyment, competition, and physical challenge, but the real reward comes from knowing that every kilometer you ride and every dollar raised brings us that much closer to breaking the stigma that affects over 6 million Canadians each year. We are thrilled to be able to contribute to this challenge in a small way. Our friends at Ride Don’t Hide approached us to help put together a training blog for their participants; here we are with a program we hope will […]

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Moreau’s Story

Watch Asst. Commissioner Moreau’s story RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Moreau has come forward with his personal story about mental health recovery. Moreau has experienced depression and suicidal thoughts; overcoming these challenges has inspired him to become the RCMP’s National Champion for Mental Health. Moreau believes that—while the public as a whole should be more open and accepting when it comes to mental illness—RCMP officers, in particular, often forget that acknowledging and facing mental health challenges is a marker of strength, not weakness. “We are all human beings. Underneath these red tunics, the Red Serge, we are human beings first. Some of us […]

Support in a mentally healthy relationship

By Deborah Schratter Disclaimer: this entry has been reviewed by Michael Schratter who has given his full consent for the information below to be used. The other day, a friend and I were having coffee, and talking about recent news with Ride Don’t Hide. She paused for a second, and then she looked at me and said, “Hey, I have a question. How do you know when Michael’s getting manic? What do you do? I get this question a lot. I always think it’s because people secretly want to know the symptoms so they can assess their own partners. I […]

Out of the Shadows–Triumph over mental illness and addiction

Watch Andrew’s story “Hope” is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops—at all –Emily Dickinson There was a time when I lived without hope. Mental illness struck me at the heart of my youth. The University of Victoria had been my sanctuary for six months when the first symptoms emerged. And then slowly the storm intensified. It started as mere rituals and preoccupations. Fixations with cleanliness, order, symmetry and personal appearance overtook my drive for academic achievement, and even the most insignificant triggers initiated the need to check, […]

Everyone Has Their Own Story: Meaghan’s Story

Watch Meaghan’s Story Meaghan is a 21-year-old student studying video and TV production. A few years ago, she found out she has bipolar disorder which includes episodes of depression and mania. Meaghan has come forward with her story in the hopes of making other people, especially youth, feel less alone in coming to terms with their own lived experiences. From a young age, she felt overwhelmed but wasn’t sure how to explain her anxious feelings. “When I was going through school, I definitely had a lot of anxiety. But I didn’t even know what anxiety was about. My impulsive behaviour […]

From Silence to Fighting Stigma: Anni’s Story

Watch Anni’s story Anni is a Vancouver woman who was confronted with some unsettling news last year. She found out she has a severe condition that would cause her heart to stop beating for up to 5 seconds at a time. “I found out my heart wasn’t beating properly. And when I found that out, I started getting panic attacks and anxiety. I couldn’t leave my apartment. I couldn’t go to work. I battled my mind several times.” After a series of panic attacks, she was diagnosed with anxiety disorder and OCD. Anni had trouble walking to work or at […]

Heard at the Water Cooler: How’d you get into volunteering with the CMHA?

Blogger Cynthia Luo recounts her experience with CMHA’s Ride Don’t Hide blog and the people she met along the way by Cynthia Luo Above photo: Saba Fatemi and Joanne Wolanski, well-appreciated CMHA volunteers, fill up the water coolers for some of the 3519 participants that rode Ride Don’t Hide. As a volunteer myself who has been involved with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) since April 2014, I’ve met so many interesting people at their different events. When breaking the ice, it’s not uncommon to ask, “So how’d you get involved?” However, the answers you get tend not to be […]

Going the extra ‘Myles’ for mental health

By Kim Pringle Myles Mattila is 15 years old, Captain of the Farr Fabricating bantam Tier 1 Cougars hockey team, a mental health advocate and the top fundraiser for Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide – Prince George. So how did Myles become so involved in speaking about and promoting mental health? There are two major factors in Myles’ life that brought him to this point. One was when Myles’ friend went through a tough time with mental illness. Myles wanted to help, but didn’t know how. The struggle and uncertainty surrounding this experience left a lasting impression on Myles. […]