Prince George cyclists proudly rode their bikes Sunday in an effort to break the stigma of mental health issues at the 4th Annual Ride Don’t Hide Event.
Hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association, more than 90 riders came out in support raising more than nine thousand dollars and counting. President of the Prince George Branch, Carli Staub, says the event is about community awareness. “You don’t wait until your cancer is stage 4 to go to the doctor, we really talk about early intervention with mental illness,” she said. “It really makes all the difference and that’s what we’re here to do is to get people help before things get too bad.”
Devin Sluchinski has been suffering from mental illness for the last 20 years. He’s celebrating two and a half years of being hospital-free. “It’s a long road of suffering and going through a lot, but on the other hand, I learned being positive and optimistic is really important for this, and it really helps you be healthy.”
All of the funds from the event will stay in Prince George to help deliver programs for anyone struggling with mental illness.