MP Doherty – Mental Health Champion
CMHA P.G. Volunteer Devon Sluchinski presents special commemorative shirt to MP Todd Doherty- photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – The Ride Don’t Hide fundraising campaign is over for this year, but the fight to assist those with mental health issues continues.
This morning, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Prince George Branch, presented a special Ride Don’t Hide bicyclist shirt to Cariboo Prince George MP Todd Doherty.
“We don’t do it for this” said Doherty as he accepted the shirt, which has the word “Champion” written on the back. Doherty has been a champion for those with PTSD, pushing through legislation that would develop a national framework for dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Doherty says PTSD continues to take lives “Sadly we lost three first responders in Ontario in just the last 48 hours.”
Mary Lu Spagrud, Manager of Education and Projects at the CMHA Prince George Branch praised Doherty for his efforts to bring attention and help to those who are suffering with PTSD and other mental health issues.
The Ride Don’t Hide fundraising bicycle ride event in Prince George last month attracted 140 riders, and raised 44% of its $35 thousand dollar goal. All of the dollars raised in Prince George stay in this community for programs and services. Falling short of the goal concerned MP Doherty “We can do better, We have to do better.”
The date for the 2018 Ride Don’t Hide event has been set. It will take place on June 24th. Registration for the event will be open in a couple of weeks.