Ride Don’t Hide Rollin’
First group of riders rolls out- video 250News
Prince George, B.C. – Ride Don’t Hide, is off and rolling through Prince George.The annual event to raise money for mental health education programs in Prince George.
Maureen Davis, Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Prince George says about 140 bike riders are taking part in today’s event. “It is more than last year, just seeing more and more people embracing the concept of mental health is encouraging.”
More riders has translated into more funds raised. While donations can be made until mid July, as the ride got underway this morning, about $18 thousand dollars had been donated.
Every dollar raised stays in Prince George says Davis “The dollars are focused on our public education, so we are out and about doing a lot more training about mental health first aid for example, living life to the full, and just breaking stigma where we can.”
One of the messages being stressed this year is to encourage those who have a mental health condition to seek help. A recent study indicated 26.3% of Canadians aged 15 and over with a mental health condition said there was a time in the previous year when they needed mental health care but did not receive it. As many as 60% of Canadians with a mental health problem or illness won’t seek professional help for fear of being labeled or stigmatized. The stigma around mental health remains a major problem with tens of thousand s of people across Canada suffering in silence.