My brother took his life after battling with mental illness on May 2nd, 2016. While he was struggling, we called CMHA to help us deal with his struggles, and help him get the help he needed. We made a vow to help others that are struggling by telling our story and getting involved to help families know they are not alone. You don’t have to hide.
Ride Don’t Hide is an event that not only supports CMHA so they can help others, but joins people together in breaking the stigma around mental illness, and allows them to share their stories and show support for each other.
At a past Ride Don’t Hide event, my dad had spoken to a mother who had a similar story to ours, and when he opened up and shared it started the cycle of support and ending the stigma. It made us feel as though we were not alone, and we were thankful that people are standing up for mental health and not keeping quiet about their stories.
After what we went through, seeing this event come to Niagara was an opportunity to talk to others, get our kids involved, and it was a fun, uplifting event that we could all take part in for a great cause that we hold near and dear to our hearts.
When we had nowhere to turn, CMHA Niagara's phone support staff helped us look at options, services, and more. Doing these events has become a family tradition and allows us to see the progress that is being made with services and the people CMHA helps each year. Each year there are more participants and more people speaking up. We see the difference events like this make in joining others and our community in breaking the silence to something that so many people struggle with.” – Brad, RDH Participant since 2016
Help us reach our fundraising goal! You can raise funds online by creating an online account here or collect cash and cheque donations using a pledge form. Donations and sponsorship will support CMHA Niagara's crisis services, so more people can access help when they need it most.
Please submit your pledge forms and offline donations to 36 Page Street in St. Catharines, or at the registration tent on the day of the ride at Brock University.
Date: Sunday, June 24
Location: Brock University (1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way)
Route Waves & Descriptions:
This community event accommodates riders of all ages and abilities with three different rides (and a walk) to choose from.
5 km (walk or ride): This route is intended for families with small children or individuals looking for a shorter, leisurely ride with minimal elevation. Participants signing up for this route will travel a marked route on Brock’s beautiful campus.
15 km (ride): This route is designed for riders looking for more of a challenge. The 15 km route is great for individuals and families with children age 10+. Enjoy beautiful rural scenery as you travel from Brock’s campus to Decew Rd, Cataract Rd, and Holland Rd. A water station will be located at the turnaround point located a few hundred meters before Howell’s Family Pumpkin Farm. Please note: This route contains several hills that may be challenging for young children and less avid cyclists.
25 km (ride): Get the best of both worlds with the 25 km route. Riders will begin their journey with the leisurely 5 km on campus route before traveling the more challenging scenic 15 km. Riders will cool down by completing one more lap of the on-campus 5km route upon their return to Brock University. Please note: This route contains several hills that may be challenging for young children and less avid cyclists.
Registration/Rider check-in: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Kids Play Zone: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Welcome and Rider Safety: 9:00 am – 9:15 am
Warm up: 9:15 am (25 km rider), 9:30 am (15 km ride), 9:45 am (5 km ride & walk)
Lunch: 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Our Kids Play Zone will feature complimentary face painting by RW Entertainment from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., a themed bouncer, hula hoops, and other sports equipment to keep your young one's entertained before and after the ride.
Need a mindful moment? Cool down after your ride or walk with a relaxing 15 minute yoga stretch (sessions beginning at 10:30, 10:45, 11:00 a.m.).
You can head over to our massage tent for a complimentary massage, too! Trillium College will be providing free massages to all riders from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Every hero deserves a bit of pampering.
Top fundraisers will receive special jerseys to recognize their support of Ride Don't Hide! Collect donations online, or collect cash and cheque donations using a pledge form!
All donations $20+ will receive a tax receipt. Funds raised from this year's ride will support CMHA Niagara's crisis services, which accounted for 65% of the total individuals we served last year. Raise funds today and help make a difference in the lives of the over 4000 people who use these services throughout the year!
Earn one of these beautiful Ride Don't Hide jerseys by reaching one of the following fundraising minimums: $1000, $2500, and $5000.
In 2017, Ride Don’t Hide raised $1.6M nationally to support the resiliency and recovery of individuals experiencing mental illness. This could not have happened without the support of thousands of Canadians who participated from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia. They cycled in plain sight to put an end to the stigma of mental illness. They rode to raise funds for mental health programs and services in their communities.
When we hide, mental health stays hidden. When we ride, we create change.
In 2017, Niagara’s 3rd annual Ride Don’t Hide event raised over $30,000 for vital mental health programs and initiatives. This could not have happened without the support of our incredible community members and businesses. Through their combined efforts they helped raise awareness about mental health and the need to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.
Ride Don’t Hide Anywhere
You can also Ride Don’t Hide anywhere. No matter where you live. All you need is a bike. Ride Don’t Hide Anywhere allows teams to register virtually. Check out www.ridedonthide.com.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Niagara Branch
36 Page Street, St. Catharines, ON, L2R 4A7