The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), York and South Simcoe Branch recently hosted Ontario’s first ever Ride Don’t Hide event, a community bike ride in support of mental health. Nearly 200 cyclists gathered in Newmarket, north of Toronto, to raise $72,000. Proceeds will directly support CMHA York and South Simcoe Branch’s youth wellness program, family and caregiver education, and support for depression groups. These critical programs meet unmet needs, save lives, and build communities of support. In addition to enthusiastic riders, the event was met with great support by local businesses, media and politicians. The branch is already planning to grow the event for next year.
“There is an abundance of great energy to help us build for next year and increase our ability to spread the message of Ride Don’t Hide, so that together we can erase the stigma and build mental health for all,” said Rebecca Shields, CEO of CMHA York Region and South Simcoe branch.
The event was also held for the first time in 13 communities across British Colombia, collectively raising $400,000 for CMHA programs.
To view pictures and video from the CMHA York Region and South Simcoe event, visit the branch website.