Write Don’t Hide: Sandi Ratch’s journey to understanding

By Sandi Ratch Hi. My name is Sandi Ratch and I have known Ride Don’t Hide founder, Michael Schratter, since I was a child. His parents were both teachers of mine and our lives were loosely entwined. When I heard about his bike trip around the world for mental health, I really wanted to catch up with him and say thank you … because in one form or another I’ve been dealing with depression and anxiety since I was a small child. I know the importance of talking about this issue and not just hiding from it. So I am […]

Small Decisions with Big Outcomes – Karla Zlatarits’ Ride Don’t Hide Experience

Participating in Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide set off a series of events in the life of Karla Zlatarits, culminating in her role as a mental health activist and spokesperson for the ride. She was interviewed by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Blogger, Krista Carlson, about her experience and her hope for the ride in the future. By Krista Carlson This time last year, Karla Zlatarits was a student at Douglas College looking for a way to feel connected. She had overcome many struggles in her life and felt she was in a good place and ready to reach […]

Cycling a Path Towards Healing

Join Dave Ehle, of CMHA Cowichan Valley as he bikes the trail that will be used for the 2014 Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide – Cowichan Valley and away from depression. By Dave Ehle Yesterday was all rain and coastal cloud, but it is a beautiful day today as I pull into the Glenora trailhead park. The sun is out and it is bringing out the scent of the cottonwoods and pine. I am out today to ride the section of the Trans Canada Trail that we are planning to use for the Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide […]

Mental Health Makes Good Business Sense

Patrick Tallon, Vice President, Client Operations for Xerox Canada, not only supports Ride Don’t Hide through his company’s involvement as a Diamond Sponsor for the Greater Toronto ride, he personally puts his pedal to the metal for mental health. Last year his Ride Don’t Hide team, which included colleagues from Xerox and their family and friends, raised the most amount of money for their participation in the 60 km ride. “I’ve seen firsthand the effect mental health issues have in the workplace. I’ve seen how it affects employees and their families and how devastating it can be for individuals,” Patrick […]

Ride Don’t Hide Speaks to Everyone

By Jude Wong As a volunteer for this year’s Ride Don’t Hide, I’ve been feeling like a hypocrite. How can I invest my time and energy encouraging others to join the conversation about mental health…if I’m not willing to do that myself? What keeps me from talking more openly about my experience is the fear of being misunderstood. The fear that, if I identify as being challenged in that way, people will expect me to inexplicably “lose it,” start talking to myself, take off my clothes or start screaming. Many probably wish I did, including myself at times. I am […]

Time to get cycling. It’s bike to work week!

There’s no better time than now to dust off your bike and get started on that training regimen that you’ve been talking about to prepare for Ride Don’t Hide. There are many reasons to swap out your car for your bike on your daily commute – such as improving your physical health and decreasing your impact on the environment. But did you know that riding your bike is good for your mental health too? Riding your bike causes your brain to release chemicals that make you feel good. Further, exercise can also cause you to feel more energetic, less stressed […]

What can you get for $2?

By Cynthia Luo Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide bracelets are on sale to support the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) programs in BC. Having worn the bracelet for one week, the bracelet has revealed itself to provide both expected and unexpected benefits. For the Community The pink color was chosen by Shopper’s Drug Mart to represent their commitment to women’s mental health. Only 100,000 of the bracelets are produced and they are selling for $2 apiece. With a $200,000 fundraising target if they all sell out, 100% of the proceeds will go towards CMHA programs to help women and […]

Generation Gap Begone at “Ride Don’t Hide”

For Lynn Spence, participating in the 2013 Ride Don’t Hide event meant challenging herself to end a 10-year hiatus from cycling and connecting with her family for a great cause. She is interviewed by CMHA blogger, Cynthia Luo, about her experiences and hopes to inspire this years’ participants to attend the event with their family members on June 22, 2014. by Cynthia Luo Meet Lynn Spence. As former Associate Executive Director for the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA), Lynn was naturally a strong supporter of CMHA causes including Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide to support mental health […]

How Extraordinary: Changing the way Canadians view mental health

By Michael Schratter How extraordinary. How extraordinary the changes we see in the way Canadians are looking at mental illness. But it wasn’t always so… Back in 2010 when I left to cycle the globe for Ride Don’t Hide, the stigma that so often surrounded mental illness seemed entrenched and dauntingly strong. So much so that the hardest part of my journey wasn’t the 40,000 km cycled or the cultural differences of the 33 countries travelled, or the loneliness of being on the road for some 16 months. No, the hardest part for me to get Ride Don’t Hide up […]

Whitecap Fans #BuckUp for Mental Health: My Experience as a CMHA Volunteer

by Cynthia Luo Volunteering with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) at the Whitecaps’ 40th anniversary game was like riding a bike: healthy, fun and rewarding! A “moving” experience On Saturday, May 3, Vancouver Whitecaps asked each of their 41,000 fans to #BuckUp for Mental Health by donating at least one dollar at their 40th Anniversary Match against San Jose Earthquakes. As one of the 37 CMHA volunteers at this event, my fellow volunteers and I got the chance to wear a 1970s outfit with a Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide t-shirt and walk around BC Place Stadium asking […]

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