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RMH VIRTUAL EVENT

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

We are excited to announce the Virtual Ride For Mental Health. This national event will provide an opportunity for Canadians from coast-to-coast to challenge their mental health while raising much needed funds to support the mental health of our Veterans, First Responders and their families.

FREE TO REGISTER

(No Minimum Fundraising)

CHOOSE FUNDRAISING GOAL

DISTANCE CHALLENGE
(40km, 80km, 120km, 160km)

RIDE IN YOUR COMMUNITY 

FUNDRAISING INCENTIVES

$250 – RMH Jersey

$500 – Swag Bag

$1,000 – RMH Cycling Jacket

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.

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

An accomplished athlete and a passionate Canadian, Steven Topham is excited to act as Ride Director for the Ride for Mental Health.

Steven has completed several cycling events around the world, including the inaugural Tour D’Afrique achieving Guinness Book of World Records recognition for riding 11,000 kilometers across Africa.

After completing Wounded Warriors Canada’s Battlefield Bike Ride in 2015, Steve committed to making a difference in the lives of those affected by Operational Stress Injuries. Professionally, he is now a full-time member of the Wounded Warriors Canada team, in the role of National Partnerships Director.

Steve is excited to bring his cycling enthusiaism, passion and experience to the Ride for Mental Health.

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