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Ride Don't Hide

Ride Don’t Hide is a nationwide fundraising bike ride that brings mental health out into the open.

Join us for the seventh annual Ride Don’t Hide on June 23, 2019, in over 25 communities across Canada.

Ride Don’t Hide is the largest mental health bike ride in Canada with almost 10,000 riders and hundreds more family members, friends and volunteers across Canada taking part, raising more than $2 million each year for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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

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The Cause

Why Ride?

1 in 5 Canadians have a mental illness in any given year.1 in 5 Canadians have a mental illness in any given year.

But 5 in 5 Canadians have mental health.  But 5 in 5 Canadians have mental health.

Everyone deserves to feel well, whatever their mental health experience. In order to thrive, we all need a good sense of self, and we all need purpose, contribution, hope, resilience and belonging.

When we  hide from each other and from how we’re feeling, we don’t get the support or help we deserve or need.

So, Ride Don’t Hide gives thousands of people across Canada the opportunity to connect—to their own mental health, to each other and to their broader communities, while raising critical funds that support CMHA mental health programs and services in their own communities.

Ride Don’t Hide events are welcoming community events that build awareness, inclusion and acceptance, and where everyone is encouraged and supported to speak openly about their own mental health.

  • 2/3 of those with mental health issues do not access help, largely due to stigma.
  • Over half of Canadians consider anxiety and depression (53%) to be epidemic in Canada.
  • About 1.2 million Canadian children and youth experience a mental illness, but less than 20% receive help.
  • 85% of Canadians think mental health services are among the most underfunded services in our health care system.
  • About 1.2 million Canadian children and youth experience a mental illness, but less than 20% receive help.
  • 85% of Canadians think mental health services are among the most underfunded services in our health care system.

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

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.

7Years Running
30Communities 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.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a strong community presence in over 330 locations across every province and one territory, CMHA provides programs, advocacy and resources that help prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.

CMHA branches across Canada provide a wide range of innovative services and supports to people who need mental health support and their families. These services are tailored to the needs and resources of the communities where they are based. These programs and services help Canadians of all ages celebrate, protect and support their mental health so we can all thrive in meaningful and productive lives.


CMHA operates in over 330 communities across Canada.
CMHA is fuelled by more than 11,000 dedicated volunteers and members.
CMHA provides programs and services to over 1.3M Canadians each year.
All funds raised by Ride Don’t Hide support local Canadian Mental Health Association branches and their programs.


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