From B.C. to Newfoundland and Labrador, more than 7,000 people will cycle to help put an end to the stigma of mental illness and raise funds for mental-health programs and services in their community.
As part of the lead-up to this year’s Ride Don’t Hide, on Wednesday (May 9), Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club is hosting free spin stations outside of each one of its locations throughout B.C. to support the CMHA’s initiatives.
From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., members of the public are encouraged to hop on one of the stationary bikes if they have ever experienced stress, anxiety, or depression.
At the end of the day, SNFC will tally the total kilometres ridden to show how common mental-health issues are.
For every kilometre ridden on the spin cycles, the organization will donate $10 to the CMHA. For every use of the hashtag #SNFCRideDontHide, it will donate another $1, up to a total donation of $10,000.
Every year, CMHA provides services and support to more than 1.3 million Canadians in more than 330 communities.
According to the CMHA, one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, while one in 25 experienced a substance use disorder this year.
One in nine Canadians aged 15 and up sought help for a mental health concern this year. And although about 1.2 million Canadian children and youth experience mental illness, less than 20 percent receive help.
The Greater Vancouver Ride Don’t Hide event starts and finishes at Central Park’s Swangard Stadium (3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby). Routes are 10, 20, 60, and 100 kilometres in length.
Visit the event’s website for more info.