Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes is seeking to drive positive long-term change in the way Canadians perceive mental illness and talk about mental health by biking around Canada and visiting schools and community groups in every province and territory. One of the goals for Clara’s Big Ride – which is 12,000 kms and 110 days long – is to get communities and youth involved in conversations about mental health and to help end the stigma around mental illness.
CMHA congratulates Bell for its continued commitment and efforts to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and change people’s behaviours and attitudes about mental health in communities across Canada.
CMHA is proud to be supporting Clara’s Big Ride and is playing a role in the event on several levels – as “Community Champion” leads and members of local event planning committees and by supporting it through its network of social media channels.
Clara’s Big Ride will also showcase and support the work and value of local mental health organizations across Canada.
Clara’s ride begins March 14, 2014 in Toronto and concludes on Canada Day, July 1, in Ottawa.