You don’t even know them, yet you changed their life… boosted them up and guided them in a bright direction at the key moment when they may have lost their way… lost all hope.
‘Sam’ is a youth from Richmond Hill who one day stepped onto the MOBYSS Youth Mobile Mental Health Clinic. Sam hadn’t had a proper medical check up in years and reached out for help.
Sam began to open up to the nurse practitioner, but not about physical health, about the struggles Sam was having with their mental health.
Sam wrestled with the stigma that is associated with mental illness. They had anxiety. They felt they did not fit in and it seemed they had nowhere to turn. Sam was thinking of taking their own life. After building trust with Sam and then talking for hours, Sam felt listened to and developed a plan of self – care, one that met their needs and gave them a glimmer of hope.
Sam began counselling sessions weekly and continues to make progress. So much so that they have been able to find a meaningful job through the CHMA employment program.
Because of the wide range of services we provide – and as a result of people like you who care about the community and take the time and energy it requires to give back – Sam got the help they needed.
Location: Upper Canada Mall
It’s that time of year again – to start rounding up friends and family, creating teams, and registering for the 5th annual GTA Ride Don’t Hide! This year, our goals are bigger because we know that we have you there to support us. We’re looking for 750 riders who can work towards helping us reach $200,000 for mental health initiatives in your community! Think you have what it takes? (hint: everyone has what it takes!) Register between now and May 31st for our early bird pricing of $45. After May 31st, it goes up to $55.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national and provincial leader in mental health in Canada. Founded in 1918, CMHA has grown to over 135 divisions and branches in communities across Canada. In Toronto, York Region and South Simcoe, CMHA provides individualized services to over 10,000 adults and youth each year. We also reach approximately 25,000 adults and children through our community and work place education activities. Our vision is mentally healthy people in a healthy society. In many ways, this vision sets CMHA apart from other mental health organizations. We are dedicated to improving the lives of people with lived experience of mental illness, and their families, yet our goal is also to achieve mental health for all. We accomplish this mission through advocacy, education, research and services. While continuing to focus on critical support services, we also believe in leading the way with a new direction focused on empowering organizations, companies and individuals to live better lives by addressing mental health and wellness issues in the workplace, at home, and in the community. Mental health begins with where we work, live, and play. What is clear is that there is no health without mental health. By Investing in Mental Health you can help break through the debilitating stigma associated with mental illness, encourage people to get help before problems become crisis, and empower individuals to maintain good mental health in their own lives. We need your support to make this happen. By working in partnership, your company and CMHA can change the face of mental illness.
Ride Don’t Hide raises awareness and funds that make a significant impact in our community. Your donation enables us to continue this essential work. In York Region and South Simcoe, last year we hired an additional mental health specialist to deliver information in schools, reaching over 2000 more students in the first year. We also added 2 new Support For Depression groups in Bradford and Markham. This year we want to continue to expand and enhance essential family mental health programs and services. Specifically:
In Toronto, with your generous support, we intend to:
For more information and event sponsorship please contact: