AUGUST
22 -23
OTTAWA

RIDE FOR
MENTAL
HEALTH

WHAT IS THE RMH?

RMH will provide a weekend experience fostering education and conversation around mental health.

RMH is open to all Canadians. We are #InThisTogether.

RMH brings focus to the unique mental health needs of our Veterans, First Responders and their families.

RMH will be impactful by fundraising to support WWC Mental Health Services.

WHAT WE KNOW

Now more than ever, we are aware of the challenges and tragic impact mental health injuries have on our Veterans, First Responders and their families. The statistics present a stark reality for our country and highlight a need for action.

44.5%

Of 5,000 First Responders surveyed, 44.5% screened positive for one or more mental health injuries.

40%

In most police jurisdictions across Ontario, as many as 40% of calls involve persons with mental health issues.

1,600

CAF members released for medical reasons each year.

22%

Ontario has approximately 8,000 paramedics. Studies predict that operational stress injuries affects 22% of our paramedics.

REPEATED
EXPOSURE

Between 15% to 20% of firefighters suffer from post traumatic stress because of repeated workplace traumatic experiences.

17

Average number of CAF Suicides per year from 2006-2016. This does not include Veterans.

CHALLENGING MENTAL HEALTH

We know that everyday, thousands of Veterans, First Responders and their family members are working hard to challenge the effects of trauma exposure and, for many, the symptoms of operational stress injuries such as PTSD.

 

The Ride for Mental Health will be more than just a bike ride. It is intended to utilize the benefits of cycling to foster:

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION

PLATFORM TO SHARE LIVED EXPERIENCES.

GOAL SETTING AS A MEANS TO CHALLENGE THE EFFECTS OF MENTAL HEALTH INJURIES.

FUNDRAISING IN SUPPORT OF WWC’S LIFE-CHANGING MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS.

HOST CITY:

OTTAWA

The situation facing the mental health and wellbeing of our Veterans, First Responders and their families knows no provincial boundaries. This is a national issue and, as such, why we felt it was important to host our Ride for Mental Health in our nations capital.

Ottawa is also home to significant sites that honour the service and sacrifice of uniformed service members, some of which will be incorporated into the route.

NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL

CANADIAN POLICE & PEACE OFFICER’S MEMORIAL

CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL

PEACEKEEPING MEMORIAL

NATIONAL MILITARY CEMETERY AT BEECHWOOD

QUICK INFO

DAY 1

DISTANCE OPTIONS

KM

KM

KM

DAY 2

GATINEAU PARK GROUP RIDE
(optional)

REGISTRATION

$150 REGISTRATION FEE
$500 MINIMUM FUNDRAISING

ACCOMMODATIONS

ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE AT HOTEL PARTNER THE LORD ELGIN HOTEL

OUR HOTEL PARTNER IS

THE LORD ELGIN HOTEL
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DINNER

EVENING OF MILITARY HISTORY, FOOD & DRINKS

SALUTE TO SERVICE DINNER

The Ride for Mental Health will conclude with a Salute to Service dinner at The LeBreton Gallery located within the Canadian War Museum. The Gallery is an impressive open-storage venue offering visitors a close-up view of large artifacts from one of the most extensive collections of its kind in the world. The glass walls provide a stunning view of the Ottawa Skyline.

This event will provide an opportunity for the community to show their support for our Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Keynote Speaker, Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (retd)

Roméo Dallaire is founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. A celebrated advocate for human rights, especially in regards to child soldiers, veterans, and the prevention of mass atrocities, General Dallaire is also a respected government and UN advisor and former Canadian Senator.

RIDE DIRECTOR

STEVE TOPHAM

“We believe partnerships make programs possible and thanks to the care, compassion and generosity of our donors we have grown to become a national mental health service provider. On behalf of our team and most notably, the men and women whose lives will be forever changed by their participation in our programs, we invite you to join us as we challenge mental health, together.”

CONTACT:
STEVE@WOUNDEDWARRIORS.CA

RIDE DIRECTOR

STEVE TOPHAM

‘We believe partnerships make programs possible and thanks to the care, compassion and generosity of our donors we have grown to become a national mental health service provider. On behalf of our team and most notably, the men and women whose lives will be forever changed by their participation in our programs, we invite you to join us as we challenge mental health, together.”

CONTACT:
STEVE@WOUNDEDWARRIORS.CA

RIDE PATRON

OPP COMMISSIONER THOMAS CARRIQUE

Thomas Carrique became the 15th Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police on April 8, 2019.
Commissioner Carrique commenced his policing career with York Regional Police in 1990. He progressed through the ranks and was promoted to Deputy Chief. He has worked in a variety of roles with York Regional Police, including Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Investigative Services, Traffic, Marine, Public Order, and as the Deputy Chief of the Administration Branch, the Operations Branch and Investigations and Support Branch.

Commissioner Carrique has received the Police Exemplary Service Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in 2013 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Commissioner Carrique is also a Serving Brother of the Order and present Chair of St. John Ambulance – York Region Branch.

RIDE PATRON

OPP COMMISSIONER THOMAS CARRIQUE

Thomas Carrique became the 15th Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police on April 8, 2019.
Commissioner Carrique commenced his policing career with York Regional Police in 1990. He progressed through the ranks and was promoted to Deputy Chief. He has worked in a variety of roles with York Regional Police, including Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Investigative Services, Traffic, Marine, Public Order, and as the Deputy Chief of the Administration Branch, the Operations Branch and Investigations and Support Branch.

Commissioner Carrique has received the Police Exemplary Service Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in 2013 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Commissioner Carrique is also a Serving Brother of the Order and present Chair of St. John Ambulance – York Region Branch.

TOGETHER, LET’S CHALLENGE MENTAL HEALTH