Thank you to Blackwell Cycle for your support of Ride Don’t Hide with this generous gift!
Where: Mooretown Sports Complex, 1166 Emily Street, Mooretown St. Clair Township
When: June 25th, 2017 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Registration: Register on your own or as a team. Ride in memory of a loved one or as a sign of your commitment to ending mental health stigma. Registration includes entry into the event, a high quality event t-shirt, an awesome swag bag, breakfast and a BBQ lunch.
Routes: * Please Note… Map My Ride indicates that this event starts in St. Clair Michigan. The Lambton Kent Ride takes place and starts in St. Clair Township, Ontario at the Mooretown Sports Complex in Mooretown.
About CMHA Lambton Kent: In February of 2011, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) branches in Sarnia Lambton and Chatham Kent, Ontario merged to form one branch: CMHA Lambton Kent. The merge created a strong branch capable of providing professional mental health experts and additional resources to serve the Lambton Kent region. In Lambton Kent, CMHA provided individualized services as well as community and workplace education to over 4000 adults and youth in 2016. CMHA LK services are client driven, with an integrated organized approach to meet the needs and choices of people who have been diagnosed with mental illness. CMHA services are divided into three categories: Crisis Intervention and Short Term Services, Integrated Client Services, and Mental Health Promotion. The purpose of these services is to help individuals develop and maintain their capacity to achieve their goals and to live as independently as possible in the community.
100% of rider raised funds from ride registration fees and rider fundraising go directly to our youth mental health programs. Proceeds from Ride Don’t Hide continue to support three great initiatives: BeSafe mobile app, SafeTalk, and NEW for 2017… The Mental Health Champion Award a YMCA Celebration of Youth Award. CMHA LK is sponsoring two YMCA Celebration of Youth Awards to recognize students whom have demonstrated leadership in mental health promotion in their community and/or school. The successful candidates will be students who have encouraged those with mental health issues to come forward and seek professional treatment and support, or provided leadership to efforts to remove the stigma and secrecy about mental health. The free Be Safe mobile app is meant to help children, youth and families make decisions in a crisis. It will improve access to and coordination of mental health and addiction services in Sarnia Lambton and Chatham Kent. The app was purchased in partnership with the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent district school boards to support teens and young adults making decisions in crisis. The Be Safe app allows users to make a safety plan and gives them options for getting help by understanding how to ask for help and empowering them to reach out safely. “These on-line resources are a reflection of the way young people communicate in the digital world of the 21st. Century,” says Dan Parr, Director of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. “We know this app will be a reliable resource to help young people in crisis.” safeTALK is a half day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to become a suicide-alert helper. The OHL administration worked with CMHA to launch a suicide awareness and prevention program called Talk Today which included the three-hour safeTALK training session that explored a variety of suicide related topics facilitated by CMHA safeTALK trained staff. Players learned signs someone has thoughts of suicide, how to ask about suicide, where to go to get help for thoughts of suicide, how mental illness can be treated, and how they can help reduce stigma. “Our community, like many others, has been affected deeply by teenage suicide in recent years. As players, we see the importance of the Talk Today program, and welcome the annual workshops with our local branch. We are glad to see the CMHA do such a great job educating players across the league,” said Kevin Spinozzi, Sarnia Sting Captain, 2017. “Competitive people will seldom talk about these kinds of things,” says Chad Oliver, Athletic Therapist and Mental Health Champion for the Sarnia Sting, 2016. “The training really helped everyone open up on a difficult subject.” Justin Fazio, one of the Sting’s goaltenders in 2016, agrees; “The video simulations and the role-play exercises helped us imagine a real-life situation and taught us about hidden signs. I absolutely recommend the training for anyone!”
Contact Angela Kirkland 519-337-5411 or firstname.lastname@example.org