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. […]

Three Cheers for Shoppers Drug Mart North Shore collaboration!

(Leona Acaster with her husband, Brad (left), and colleague, Colleen (right), at the 2013 Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide) During work hours, pharmacist Leona Acaster frequently encounters people living with mental health concerns. It’s admirable that during her off-hours, Leona and her team decided to voluntarily co-organize a fundraising event with two other Shoppers Drug Mart branches to shine a brighter light on mental health issues on the North Shore. The fundraiser took place on May 2nd and all funds raised supported Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide. By Cynthia Luo Last year, pharmacist Leona Acaster completed the 60-kilometer […]

Life in motion and hope in struggle

Paula Vaisey (right) and the Spin Sisters Team at Ride Don’t Hide 2013. By Paula Vaisey, Education Programs Coordinator, CMHA BC I work at CMHA BC, and on our wall we have a great photo montage of some of the places Michael Schratter went to on his bike ride around the world to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness. Last night it was quiet in the office and I stood waiting for the printer to finish, looking at the photos of waterfalls, interesting animals he saw on the road, and dinners with his partner. It all looked incredible, but I […]

Exercise & Women’s Mental Health: Tips for Achieving Your Health Behavior Goals

By: Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych. Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych., is a clinical psychologist and organizational and media consultant. She is the host of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” and was the psychological consultant to CITY-TV’s “The Bachelor Canada”. She has also served as a psychological consultant and expert to a number of other TV shows and news outlets. Dr. Samra maintains a clinical practice in Vancouver. Her website is www.drjotisamra.com and she can be followed @drjotisamra. Exercise, eat healthy, and get enough sleep. Sounds easy enough, right? Then why do most of us struggle with sticking to […]

Ride with a National Cycling Champion on June 22nd

Photos provided with permission from  © CanadianCyclist.com Mark Walters, 38, a US Pro Champion and a 5-time Canadian National Cycling Champion, will be taking the lead in the 60km course for Ride Don’t Hide in Greater Toronto on June 22nd. This is actually the second time Mark will be riding to raise awareness for mental health. He recently accompanied six time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes on her Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk, travelling with her from Truro, Nova Scotia to St. John’s, Newfoundland. He knew Clara from when he first started out racing at about the age of 16 […]

How Ride Don’t Hide is Helping Women to “Enjoy their Babies”

Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide has two primary goals; to break the stigma of mental illness and to raise funds to support CMHA programs and initiatives that help women and their families. CMHA Blogger, Krista Carlson, spoke with registered psychologist, Dr. Michelle Haring, last week to learn more about “Enjoy Your Baby” – a new CMHA course made possible by funds raised by Ride Don’t Hide. By Krista Carlson Dr. Michelle Haring has been very busy over the past year co-developing the new Enjoy Your Baby course that will soon be offered in BC through CMHA BC. The program […]

And the winner is… Siobhan Smeets!

By Kim Pringle Meet Siobhan Smeets, our Global TV On-Air contest winner. We met with Siobhan to present her with a brand new Miele Vincenzo bike, full Sugoi performance apparel pro kit, and 1 million Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points. Siobhan is a brand new mother and was thrilled to receive the prize. In particular, the 1 million Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points, valued at approximately $1700. As a new mum, Siobhan is excited about the extra diaper money. But not all of the points are going to diapers. This weekend, she is going take some of the Optimum points […]

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 […]

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