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Strap on your helmet and get on your bike. The Ride for Mental Health cycling event is back.

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Strap on your helmet and get on your bike. The Ride for Mental Health cycling event is back.

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The Ride for Mental Health (RMH) is open to Canadians from coast-to-coast. Its aim is simple: Bring awareness to the mental health needs of veterans, first responders and their families, and raise funds for Wounded Warriors Canada’s mental health services for those affected by operational stress injuries.

Participants are encouraged to ride on Saturday, Aug. 20, though some ride before and some following the event. More information, including how to register as an individual or team (you can participate by yourself or as part of a group), choose distance and route, set fundraising goals and to share your own mental health journey is available here.

“We encourage individuals to challenge themselves by selecting a longer distance, harder route or committing to a fundraising target,” Wounded Warriors says. Stationary bikes are another way to participate if you can’t get outside.

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The Strava app can help find routes and Ride For Mental Health Cycling Club can be joined. Riders are encouraged to share their route with other riders and to tag @WoundWarriorCA and #rideformentalhealth.

This will be the third annual ride. Last year’s edition went on Aug. 23, with more than 500 cyclists participating in every province and territory in Canada. Participants, donors and event sponsors raised $300,000, eclipsing the $250,000 fundraising goal.

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“The Ride for Mental Health provides a platform to foster mental health education, highlight and share lived experiences surrounding post-traumatic growth, and provides an opportunity for Canadians to set and achieve personal goals — all while making a direct impact through fundraising in support of our life changing mental health programs,” Scott Maxwell, executive director, Wounded Warriors Canada, said in a release.

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According to Wounded Warriors, out of 5,000 first responders surveyed 44.5% screened positive for one or more mental health injuries. Between 15% to 20% of firefighters suffer from post traumatic stress because of repeated workplace traumatic experiences. Ontario has approximately 8,000 paramedics. Studies predict that operational stress injuries affects 22% of our paramedics, they say.

Wounded Warriors Canada offers a range of clinically facilitated programs that have been specifically developed to support the unique needs of veterans, first responders and their families. Their programs support individuals, couples, spouses, surviving spouses, and children of those who serve or have served our country and communities. The organization also provides leading-edge trauma-informed workplace training geared towards helping make trauma exposure management a new professional standard for uniformed service personnel.

First-time participants should make sure their bike is tuned up and is in proper working condition and your body should be ready too with the proper food and hydration required for the ride.

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Strap on your helmet and get on your bike. The Ride for Mental Health cycling event is back.

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Strap on your helmet and get on your bike. The Ride for Mental Health cycling event is back.

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Article content

The Ride for Mental Health (RMH) is open to Canadians from coast-to-coast. Its aim is simple: Bring awareness to the mental health needs of veterans, first responders and their families, and raise funds for Wounded Warriors Canada’s mental health services for those affected by operational stress injuries.

Participants are encouraged to ride on Saturday, Aug. 20, though some ride before and some following the event. More information, including how to register as an individual or team (you can participate by yourself or as part of a group), choose distance and route, set fundraising goals and to share your own mental health journey is available here.

“We encourage individuals to challenge themselves by selecting a longer distance, harder route or committing to a fundraising target,” Wounded Warriors says. Stationary bikes are another way to participate if you can’t get outside.

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The Strava app can help find routes and Ride For Mental Health Cycling Club can be joined. Riders are encouraged to share their route with other riders and to tag @WoundWarriorCA and #rideformentalhealth.

This will be the third annual ride. Last year’s edition went on Aug. 23, with more than 500 cyclists participating in every province and territory in Canada. Participants, donors and event sponsors raised $300,000, eclipsing the $250,000 fundraising goal.

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“The Ride for Mental Health provides a platform to foster mental health education, highlight and share lived experiences surrounding post-traumatic growth, and provides an opportunity for Canadians to set and achieve personal goals — all while making a direct impact through fundraising in support of our life changing mental health programs,” Scott Maxwell, executive director, Wounded Warriors Canada, said in a release.

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According to Wounded Warriors, out of 5,000 first responders surveyed 44.5% screened positive for one or more mental health injuries. Between 15% to 20% of firefighters suffer from post traumatic stress because of repeated workplace traumatic experiences. Ontario has approximately 8,000 paramedics. Studies predict that operational stress injuries affects 22% of our paramedics, they say.

Wounded Warriors Canada offers a range of clinically facilitated programs that have been specifically developed to support the unique needs of veterans, first responders and their families. Their programs support individuals, couples, spouses, surviving spouses, and children of those who serve or have served our country and communities. The organization also provides leading-edge trauma-informed workplace training geared towards helping make trauma exposure management a new professional standard for uniformed service personnel.

First-time participants should make sure their bike is tuned up and is in proper working condition and your body should be ready too with the proper food and hydration required for the ride.

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Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

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