The Event

Ride Don't Hide

A nation-wide movement for a judgement-free Canada, Ride Don’t Hide is the largest mental health bike ride in the country.

On June 23rd, 2019 and later in Quebec, Ride Don’t Hide will take place in communities from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador to raise funds for essential mental health programs. Join thousands of Canadians who will cycle in plain sight
to end the stigma of mental illness.

Get on your bike and join the movement. Ride. Don’t hide.


The Cause

Why Ride?

Ride Don’t Hide provides a chance for Canadians to show up for mental health. By riding in plain sight, we are smashing the stigma of mental illness and demanding that mental health be seen, be accepted, and be treated as just another part of the diverse human experience.

So many people face mental illness or addiction—50% of Canadians will have or have had a mental illness by the time they’re 40 years old. Stigma should not stop us from talking about it or seeking help for it.

Ride Don’t Hide raises critical funds to support CMHA programs that help Canadians protect, celebrate and support their mental health.
Programs that change lives. Programs that save lives.

Who is affected?

  • 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in any given year.
  • About 1 in 8 Canadians experience a mood disorder like depression in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 25 Canadians experienced a substance use disorder this year.

How common is it?

  • 1 in 9 Canadians ages 15 and over sought help for a mental health concern this year.
  • About 1.2 million Canadian children and youth experience a mental illness, but less than 20% receive help.

Be a volunteer

Volunteers play a vital part in the success of the Ride Don’t Hide event.

Our volunteers are passionate and diverse individuals committed to raising awareness about mental health. The time they contribute to the Ride Don’t Hide event
will differ from role to role.

We recruit for various roles throughout the year, including:

  • Planning Committee member – planning the details of the Ride, engaging champions and advocates
  • Local Implementation Team member – Event day operations, coordinators in first aid, route marshal, participant registration, rest stop, and food service
  • Marketing & communications – social media coordinator, photographer and videographer
  • Community engagement – Speaking engagements, recruitment, coordinating kick off rallies

Contact your local CMHA branch today to learn more about the volunteer opportunities at your local Ride Don’t Hide event.


How Ride Don’t Hide Began




Across Canada


Participants & Donors


Million Raised


The Ride Don't Hide movement began in 2010 as Michael Schratter, a Vancouver teacher and newspaper columnist, embarked on a global journey to cycle 40,000 kilometers, crossing six continents and 33 countries to raise funds for CMHA BC Division. Michael’s mission was to circumnavigate the world, sharing stories with people in different countries, and in doing so bring attention and awareness to the stigma surrounding mental illness. People were invited to share their stories and make a promise to help end mental illness stigma on his website, where Michael shared photos, stories and reflections from the road.

To continue Michael’s legacy, CMHA adopted Ride Don’t Hide as their leading anti-mental illness stigma campaign. Lead by CMHA BC Division, the Ride Don’t Hide Community Bike movement began. In 2012, the CMHA Vancouver Community Bike Ride partnered with Ride Don’t Hide. The combined event was a partnership between CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby, North & West Vancouver branches, and BC Division. The Lower Mainland Ride Don’t Hide Community Bike Ride raised $75,000 and engaged 500 participants. In 100 Mile House, CMHA South Cariboo branch held its first Ride Don’t Hide event that engaged over 60 participants and raised over $10,000 for mental health programs and services.

Now with 30 communities across 8 provinces and over 8,000 participants annually, Ride Don’t Hide has generated nearly $8.5 million towards mental health programs and services in communities across Canada.

About CMHA

The Canadian Mental Health Association

Established in 1918, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the country’s most established community mental health organization. The CMHA operates in over 330 communities across Canada.

Fueled by more than 11,000 dedicated volunteers and members, it provides programs and services to over 1.3M Canadians each year.

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