June 2018
Register Now for Ride Don't Hide!
Ride Don’t Hide is a community bike ride, hosted nationally 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 in our community.

The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from the beginner rider to the advanced cyclist. 2018 marks the 5th Annual Ride Don’t Hide event for CMHA – Calgary, the only ride in Alberta.

Join thousands of Canadians across the country who will ride to raise funds for community support services for those living with mental health challenges.
Help eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.

Lead the way in your organization and community by promoting “mentally healthy people in a healthy society”.

When: June 24th, 2018
Cost: $65 (Kids under 12 ride free)
What: 10/20km, 50km, or 105km
Totals So Far...

Riders:   326
Teams:   31
Donations:   $53,465
31% to our goal

Spots are going fast! Encourage your family and friends to sign up today!
Unable to ride and want to volunteer?
In total, the Calgary Ride Don't Hide event will need approximately 80 volunteers to run safely and smoothly. Volunteers will be provided with a t-shirt, lunch and any materials they may require (i.e safety vest). Volunteers are required to fill out our Volunteer Application Form and attend a Volunteer Orientation Session on June 21, 2018.  

We believe that everyone can learn something to support themselves or someone else’s progress on their recovery journey.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to learn together, share experiences and knowledge and most importantly, participate. Not as a patient, client, caregiver or member of staff, but simply a student – no previous education required! Through everyone learning together with only one shared label of ‘student’, we believe that we can begin to break do wn the barriers and stigma that exist, and support you whatever your background, to benefit from the richness of experience.

At Recovery College we use an educational-based approach to help people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to become experts in their own self-care, make informed choices and do the things that they want to do in life.
Thank you to everyone who attended our grand opening events. From our Sneak A Peek Night, to our Grand Opening press conference and ribbon cutting, and our open house, thank you to everyone who came to check out our new Welcome Centre and Recovery College. View photos of the nights here.

  • Calgary Herald - Fortney: We've lived it,' says mental health counsellors on front line of unique program
  • Calgary Sun - Calgarians suffering mental health problems have new resource to turn to
  • Global News - First of its kind facility in Calgary ushers in 'new era' in mental health support
  • Global News - First of its kind in Alberta mental health centre opens in Calgary
  • 660 News - Tackling mental health before it becomes a crisis: goal of new Calgary facility
  • The Daily Hive - Free mental health courses being offered by CMHA's Recovery College
  • CBC Calgary - Mental health 'recovery college' opens in downtown Calgary
  • Calgary Eyeopener - Canadian Mental Health Association explore a new way of providing help
  • Ici Alberta - Santé mentale: la guérison par le parrainage à Calgary
Ryan Martin has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to raise money for its flagship event,  Ride Don’t Hide , on June 24.

  • The Star Calgary - Getting the message out on mental health, one pedal at a time
Upcoming Community Events
Jean-Francois Dupras
Jean-Francois' project is to achieve the ascent of the seven summits - the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. His team is set to climb Mt. Denali in Alaska in June of 2018. Mt. Denali is the highest mountain in North America with an altitude of 6190 metres (20,310 feet). Jean-Francois' dream is to share his story and experience to raise awareness for mental illness. He also wants to promote the power of dreams and passion through this project as he strongly believes that anything is possible. He hopes to raise $43,319 which is the total number of the altitudes of each the seven summits added together.

Follow Jean-Francois on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with his journey!
Donate here.
Run With Us
The Buchanan family is running the Kananaskis 100 Mile Relay on June 23rd, 2018 in memory of Bruce Buchanan. 

Bruce struggled with anxiety for many years. It was something this family talked openly about. In the months leading up to Bruce’s death, these struggles must have become increasingly overwhelming. Bruce had sought out help and was desperately trying to feel better. Unfortunately, things were not turning around, his anxiety continued to be consuming and this left Bruce in a state of depression that he was unable to cope with. It wasn’t a secret, but we (Buchanan Family) never understood the depth of the feelings Bruce was dealing with. What happened on June 2nd could never have been anticipated or predicted. Our family was left stunned and devastated by the reality that Bruce took his own life. 
Donate to Run With Us here.
The Legend Golf Tournament
On July 14th Full Circle Foundation for Wellness with be hosting their annual The Legend: Dallas Williams Memorial Golf Tournament.

Last year, The tournament was a 144 player scramble, a fun tournament with a competitive edge, just like Dallas! It’s a relaxing day of fun in the sun (hopefully!), which is filled to the brim with hope, and positive energy. It brings family, friends, acquaintances, and the community together, to try to make a great thing from a terrible tragedy.

For more information and to register, check back on Full Circle Foundation for Wellness' Facebook page.
Now in its 19th year,  Ranchman’s Bullbustin  hosts an invitational PBR Canada Professional live Bull Riding event the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before the Calgary Stampede. Over the past 18 years, well over a million dollars has been raised for various Southern Alberta charities. On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, proceeds raised will go towards the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region.

Event Date:  Wednesday, July 4 th , 2018
Time:  4:30 pm – 8:30 pm (time may be altered depending on position)
Location:  Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall, 9615 Macleod Trail S., Calgary, Alberta

For more information and to register as a volunteer, please visit our website.
Ride Don’t Hide brings a community. This community is filled with people who are passionate about mental health and bringing awareness. This community is filled with people who are in recovery or know someone who struggles through mental illness.  Read More