Mental health fundraiser goes virtual through all of June
One in five people will experience a mental illness but five in five of us have mental health.
So many of us don’t feel like ourselves these days. With the pandemic, we have all experienced the impacts of school closures, lockdowns, social isolation and economic insecurity to some degree.
At CMHA Lambton Kent, we see the impact the pandemic is having on the mental health of people in our community. People who have never experienced a mental health crisis are reaching out for help for the first time. While those who have experienced mental illness are struggling with the loss of the supports they relied on for their well-being.
If ever there was a time to be open and honest about our mental health, now is that time.
Every year we embark on Ride Don’t Hide, an event that brings people together to raise awareness and funds for mental health.
- By bringing our own experiences out of hiding and into open discussion, we reduce the stigma associated with mental health and in doing so; our actions encourage others to get the help they may need.
- The funds raised through this event support mental health prevention, education and promotion in our community. This is so important because the earlier a person receives care, the better their mental health will be in the long-term.
With a rally of support from Rotary clubs in Kent and Lambton Counties, this year Ride Don’t Hide is “rolling” with the times and evolving into a virtual event. Participants are encouraged to set individual or team goals, track their activity, raise funds, spread the word and participate in weekly challenges throughout June.
Whether you bike, walk, run, meditate or practise self-care, you can track your activity and stay connected with your team and sponsors using the Ride Don’t Hide mobile app.
So set your own goals and move in your own way, on your own time, and know that it all rolls up to more timely, more accessible mental health help when people need it. Find your walking buddy and join your neighbours to raise money, raise your heart rate and raise your spirits!
To find out more, please visit ridedonthide.com .
For listings of all mental health and addiction services in your community, please visit: The Erie St. Clair Healthline at eriestclairhealthline.ca or 211 Ontario at 211ontario.ca .
CMHA Mental Health First Response:
- Chatham — 1-866-299-7447
- Sarnia — 1-800-307-4319
This story was provided by CMHA Lambton Kent.