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About Ride Don’t Hide
Ride Don’t Hide is a community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health while raising essential funds to support mental health programs. CMHA rides will be hosted in six provinces in 35 communities with the aim to engage over 8,000 participants and raise $1,500,000. Learn more about how you can make an impact by joining Ride Don’t Hide and how CMHA will support you before, during and after the ride.
The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from novice rider to the advanced cyclist. Regardless of distance, you will travel a route supported from start to finish with rest stops, water to fuel the journey, fans to cheer you on, and enjoy a fun day on your bike for a great cause! To find locations and ride details, find a ride in the community nearest you.
If you are not near a ride location but want to support this meaningful event, consider becoming a virtual rider or create your own!
How can I join?
We’re really excited to announce that on Tuesday, March 29th renowned author Lawrence Hill will be and taking the stage at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens) to speak about his late sister Karen’s posthumous book “Café Babanussa” and to answer your questions about mental health. Hill, best known for his 2007 novel “The Book of Negroes” and his most recent novel “The Illegal” will be speaking about Karen Hill’s passion for life and her mental health struggles. He will also be available to sign copies of his sister’s book (included in price of ticket). The evening will also feature performances by Kassandra Meyers and the Spoke N’ Heard Collective.
The event runs from 6:00 – 8:30 pm, and the ticket price of $75.00 (plus tax) includes appetizers and a copy of “Café Babanussa.” All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association – Toronto Branch, so please be sure to spread the word to your friends and networks!
Ride Don’t Hide is a community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
The goal is to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health while raising much-needed funds to support mental health programs.
Visit our booth at the Toronto International Bike Show March 4-6th!
Planning is underway for the inaugural Mental Health for All Conference 2016 in downtown Toronto next September 28-30, 2016. CMHA National will lead the industry wide event with CMHA Ontario hosting the conference.
This conference will benefit individuals and organizations across the mental health, mental illness and addiction sectors. Partnerships are in place with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA) to support program development, marketing and outreach to support the conference.
Setting this conference apart from past events will be the national focus on information sharing and partnership between Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction thought leaders, researchers, policy makers, service providers and front line staff.
The theme “Together by Design,” reflects that purposeful innovation and collaboration by sector partners are the keys to overcoming barriers, improving access to services and ensuring positive outcomes.
A pre-conference day is being planned for September 28 with in-depth workshops as well as a CMHA Ontario Conference. On September 29 – 30 a variety of panels, presentations, displays and keynote speakers will round out the themed program.
As the premier professional mental health and addiction conference in Canada, it will attract speakers and delegates from a diverse range of leading organizations.
The Mental Health for All Conference 2016 is expected to:
- Attract a new/more diverse audience of delegates and sponsors
- Provide an excellent and high value delegate experience with a focus on professional development and nation-wide collaboration
- Provide a showcase for successful programs, best practices and information sharing
- Grow the event each year and build on past successes
- Provide exhibitors the opportunities to meet face to face with delegates
- Provide a showcase for national and local media exposure and increased partnerships with members, elected officials and other stakeholders.
Call for abstracts
The conference streams, sub topics and submission information are online with the submission information.
The following streams have been identified by the Program Advisory Committee:
- Diversity in mental health / Serving Diverse Populations
- Prevention and Programs
- Advocacy and Public Policy
- Interactions with the Criminal Justice System
- Research and Practice Collaborations
- Social Indicators of Health / The Frontlines
Abstract submissions will be accepted until Friday February 12, 2016.
Please mark your 2016 calendars and plan to attend the Mental Health for All Conference 2016 from September 28- 30 in Toronto!
Register for conference updates online.
If you have any questions, please contact conference consultant, Maureen Shuell.
Issue #5 September 24, 2015
Housing for All Election Podcast Series: Hear it from the candidates!
In support of the National Week of Action on Housing from September 23 to 30, CHRA is pleased to release its Housing for All Election Podcast Series in the form of 10 to 15 minute individual interviews with candidates who are housing champions and spokespeople from different parties.
This format offers CHRA members and voters a unique opportunity to learn more about each party’s housing platform in a more engaging way.
Today, we are releasing two English interviews conducted with Liberal candidate and housing critic Adam Vaughan and NDP candidate and housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet.
We are also releasing two interviews conducted in French, with NDP candidate Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, as well as with Liberal candidate Marc Garneau.
Note that we have extended the invitation to the Conservative Party and the Green Party but have not received confirmation of their participation as of yet.
New Poll: Over Half of Canadians Support Political Party that Makes Affordable Housing a Priority
(TORONTO, September 23) Sixty-nine percent of Canadian households are home owners, yet over half across Canada would support a political party that makes affordable housing a priority for those who are working poor, low income and homeless, and would support financial investment of two billion dollars per year, a new poll finds.
The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), along with the Vote Housing For All Network, commissioned EKOS Research Associates to conduct a short survey of national attitudes towards affordable housing as an election issue in the current federal election campaign.
Read full September 23 ACTO release
Platform Info + Analysis from Housing Sector Influencers
Keep up the pressure on the campaign trail!
Meet with your federal election candidates between now and the October 19 federal election.
Hand candidates personally the Housing for All one pager explaining the issue.
Show candidates the Housing for All video and share it amongst your networks,via community meetings, email and social media.
Want more info on the issue? Visit Housing4all.ca.
Copyright © 2015 Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, All rights reserved.
Join us at the Greater Toronto Area’s Ride Don’t Hide Community Bike Ride! This event will raise awareness and funds for mental health services and supports in our community. The ride will begin and end at the Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket and consist of 20 km, 10 km and 5km family friendly routes, and a 60 km experienced cyclist route.
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Time: 7:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Location: Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket
The Rider Celebration will begin at 12:00p.m. with Award presentations, BBQ lunch, live music and more!
This year’s ride will attract over 800 riders, 100 volunteers and many more community supporters. Collectively, we will be joining together to raise awareness for mental health, fight stigma associated with mental illness and raise money to support local programs and services.
Money raised will be directed towards supportive housing, primary health care initiatives, our Holiday Gift Program, and a mobile youth mental health clinic for York Region & South Simcoe.
For more information on Ride Don’t Hide, please go to http://ridedonthide.com/on/ride/greater-toronto/.
How do you really feel?
Or phine? (Definition: saying you’re fine, when you’re not)
Now is the time to GET LOUD, because being phine is not fine.
We all want to be healthy and happy. And good mental health is vitally important for both. No one can be truly healthy without good mental health. It involves how we feel, think, act and interact with the world around us. Mental health is about coping with the normal stresses of life and making a contribution to our community.
Good mental health isn’t about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a “perfect” life. It’s about living well and having the tools for coping with difficult situations even during life’s challenges. Each person’s path to mental well-being is unique. We all have our own goals, our own challenges, our own talents and our own supports. But good mental health is within everyone’s reach.
To learn more about mental health, go to: CMHA Toronto