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Thousands of Canadians to "Ride Don't Hide" for mental health

Canadian Mental Health Association

06 June 2016 in Archive

on June 26, 2016, Canadians from all walks of life will join the fourth annual Ride Don't Hide community bike ride in celebration and support of mental health. CMHA is expecting more than 6,000 cyclists to ride for mental health on June 26, 2016 in 32 communities across Canada, including Windsor-Essex.

"Ride Don't Hide is an opportunity to come together as a community and say mental health is important to me, and it's ok to talk about," Claudia den Boer Grima, CEO, Windsor-Essex. "We are so thankful for the support from the community, and those who have shared their personal stories of why mental health is important to them."

The 2016 Ride Champions Dr. James Hill and Dr. Millicent Vorkapich-Hill will be speaking about why they are participating in the event this year.

The Ride Don't Hide movement began with Michael Schratter, a Vancouver school teacher living with bipolar disorder, who spent almost a year and a half cycling 40,000km around the globe. Armed with only his bike, a knapsack and the determination to realize his dream of raising awareness and empowering those who experience mental illness, his story inspired millions of people and raised $100,000 for CMHA.

Ride Don't Hide is open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Registration is $35 for youth and adults and free for children 12 and under. Individuals, families and teams can register online at

About Ride Don't Hide

Ride Don't Hide is an annual community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in celebration and support of mental health for all, with the goal of ending the stigma around mental illness. First launched with Michael Schratter’s 40,000km ride around the globe in 2010, Ride Don't Hide is a growing national movement with community bike rides in 32 cities across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. This year CMHA aims to engage more than 8,000 participants and over a dozen schools, and raise $1,500,000 for mental health programs. Join the movement and find your local community ride at

About the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Canadian Mental Health

Association is one of Canada's oldest and most established national mental health charities. Our vision is mentally healthy people in a healthy society. As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness or addiction. CMHA Windsor Essex is a lead provider and advocate of community mental health services through treatment, collaboration, education and community engagement.

Ride Don’t Hide Windsor Essex

Sunday, June 26 starting at 7 a.m.
Children's Aid Society, (starting/ending 1671 Riverside Dr. E.)
10km, 20km, 50km & 100km routes—all scenic rides

In Windsor, cyclists have the option of a 10, 20, 50 or 100 km route starting at CAS and heading west along the scenic Riverfront trail. The ride is open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Registration and donations can be made online at

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