Canada’s largest community bike ride for mental health
It’s Canada’s largest community bike ride for mental health.
A record number of people came out this year for ‘Ride Don’t Hide’ on Vancouver Island.
In Nanaimo, the ride kicked off with bag pipes at Maffeo Sutton Park.
This was one of nine rides in British Columbia and 20 rides across the country today to help banish the stigma of mental illness.
More than 7,000 riders took part nation-wide, which is a record.
Now in its fifth year, the ride has raised more than $1.3 million for the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Jason Harrison is with the mid-island branch of the CMHA.
“Really it’s to get loud and use our collective voice to get mental health awareness out into the light.
The more that we talk about it, it lessens the stigma and it allows people to get out there and get the assistance that they need.”
Ride don’t Hide events were also held in Victoria and Port Alberni today.
All the money raised in BC will go toward the CMHA’s mental health programs supporting women and girls in local communities.