WOUNDED WARRIORS CANADA LAUNCHES RIDE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
OTTAWA – Wounded Warriors Canada is proud to announce the creation of the Ride for Mental Health. The Ride for Mental Health is more than just a bike ride. It is intended to bring attention to the unique mental health needs of Canada’s Veterans, First Responders and their families while highlighting the many ways uniformed service members challenge the effects of operational stress injuries like PTSD to live healthy, active lives.
“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 Ride for Mental Health will provide a platform to foster mental health education, highlight and share lived experiences surrounding post-traumatic growth and provide 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.
OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique has agreed to represent the Ride for Mental Health as its official Patron. Tom began his policing career with York Regional Police in 1990 and became the 15th Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police on April 8, 2019. He is an avid cyclist and participates in a number of charitable cycling events each year to give back to the province he proudly serves.
“I am honoured to serve as Patron for the 2020 Ride for Mental Health in Ottawa. Wounded Warriors Canada is a key partner in our strategy to meet the mental health needs of Ontario Provincial Police members and their families. Every day, members of the OPP put their lives on the line to ensure public safety across Ontario. The OPP is pleased to be part of this important event to raise awareness of the mental health needs of first responders, veterans and their loved ones.” Thomas Carrique, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police.
The City of Ottawa will host the inaugural Ride for Mental Health, which will take place the weekend of August 22-23rd. Registration for the ride opens on February 10th and Canadians across the country are encouraged to join us from across the country
“The City of Ottawa is proud to be the first host of the Wounded Warriors Canada Ride for Mental Health. The inaugural cycling event will raise awareness around the unique mental health needs of Canada’s Armed Forces, Veterans, First Responders and their families, while fostering an important conversation around mental health and wellbeing. I look forward to seeing the many people who will come together in the nation’s capital to support Wounded Warrior Canada’s mental health services. ” Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa.
To learn more, visit: RIDEFORMENTALHEALTH.CA