“One in five Canadians deals with a mental health challenge. That’s roughly 400,000 Vancouverites, it’s roughly seven million Canadians.”
Around twelve hundred riders will head over to Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby tomorrow morning.
Riding up to 60km all in the efforts of helping crack the stigma’s and discrimination against those facing mental health issues.
Founder of Ride Don’t Hide, Michael Schratter spoke earlier on the Jill Bennett show.
“Stigma is a social disease. It’s a prejudice, it’s a way of looking at something and that stigma in this case is the stigma that often surrounds mental illness. When you see all these average day Canadians smiling, laughing, enjoying themselves in the sun, it’s pretty hard to fear, misunderstand, and be ignorant about mental illness.”
Schratter previously rode around the world to raise funds for mental health awareness.
Ride, Don’t Hide, Canada’s largest community bike ride for mental health will take place in 27 cities across the country.